“Are you near the sea?” Martin asked me. “No” said I stupidly. Only a few days before I had bicycled along Tai Po waterfront, I have no idea what I thought mass of blue stuff alongside the cycle path might be. Does the virus attack the brain first I wonder. Reduce it to virus mush?
So whilst he was on the phone I checked, and of course I’m right by the sea, although nobody goes in it to swim.
Here’s a picture of a map showing where I am if you are interested, the nearest MTR stop is Tai Po Market. The other black circles are my sibings’ homes.
I went to see the sea again today. Walked to Tai Po waterfront today with Eva (Mrs Leung) for a Sunday afternoon HK style.
I am trying to persuade her to learn to ride a bike so we can ride there together. A sad thing here is that there are abandoned bikes everywhere, I can count 2 dozen right outside the house. They are all from the bicycle hire/share schemes that have folded. The Chinese are way behind in recycling and waste management, so I was overjoyed to find this place, less than 5 minutes from home. Here you can recycle, irony is you cannot recycle bicycles, and there is a shop to donate all manner of clothes and houshold and electrical stuff. I think the Hong Kong Jockey Club may have sponsored the facility. All brand spanking new, and would be open if not for the virus. You can sit outside with a coffee, borrow a book, and if there is a group of you, you can book eco friendly activities in the gardening and art areas. But of course, none of this is happening at the moment. Quite literally everything except shops and transport, is shut.
The park was humming though. There’s a designated area for everything. Wedding photos, graduation pictures, model boat lake, kite flying area, jogging lane and bicycle track. The maids were all out on their day off, in their pop up tents, picnicing on the grass. Everyone in masks. Everyone happily keeping their distance. We used alcohol sanitiser after we used the elderly ‘gym’ equipment. I tried out the kids area too, keen to get some exercise now I’m not able to swim.
We came across a wedding. The photographer made the bride and groom have a prolonged kiss whilst all the bridesmaids and best men rushed up and laughed and jeered and generally took the **** out of the newly wed couple. How strange.
There’s nothing like a Sunday afternoon stroll in the park to highlight the differences between HK and UK.