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  • Day176

    Surfing the world famous Uluwatu

    March 23, 2020 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Got up for the start of breakfast at 8am. I was starting to feel better from stomach pains now, so felt up for a bit of a surf.
    Walked down to Uluwatu beach. (World famous beach which breaks onto a shallow reef producing hollow barrels).
    All places where you could rent a board were closed! Can you believe it, almost empty world class surf and I couldn't get in. Uggh.
    Walked back through town to try to find somewhere. No good. All closed. A bit frustrated we went back to call up the airlines to ensure the flights were still going.
    At about 3 we set out again to see if any surf rental places had opened.
    Only 1 had, and was taking full advantage of it with her prices. Rented one for 2 hours and jogged down to the beach.
    Within a few mins of me walking over the reef and paddling out i heard a load of whistles blowing on the shore, with people waving to come back in.
    Initially no one moved. But then a few of the locals went in and the rest started following. I managed to catch one average wave before paddling back in.
    Not quite the surf ending I was looking for.
    Got back and the beach was closed. It sounded like this was going to be a permanent ban on beach access for the next few weeks. Definitely time to head home. Good that we changed our flight to tomorrow. The evening was spent watching films and worrying about the news that Hong Kong (our transit location) was to close 15mins after our flight was due to leave. Definitely could not have left it any later.
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  • Day173

    Going to Amed for freediving training

    March 20, 2020 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    With 10 days left of the holiday we decided to do 3 days of diving / free diving and 7 days of surfing.
    Took us ages to figure out which area to go to for the best free diving, best courses, location etc.
    Eventually settled on Amed. Near to (but far enough away from) an active volcano.
    After much faff of finding a taxi, we selected a free dive course to do and got them to arrange a driver to pick us up.
    The driver told us all about the upcoming silent festival where the whole island shuts down and no one is allowed on the streets. (Well I guess that is one day of surfing out the window already).
    Arrived at our lovely hotel, got upgraded to a nice big room over looking the pool and the sea. All for only 17 quid a night. We were the only people in the restaurant with a meal costing £2.50. Bargain.
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  • Day177

    Time to go home to the UK.

    March 24, 2020 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    Checked out after breakfast and heard police in the street on loud speakers saying things are locked down. Our accommodation was saying there would be no taxis to the airport.
    Although our flight was not until later this afternoon we thought it would be best to just get to the airport so quickly got the lady at the counter to take us to the airport.
    All looked on time... so far so good and all ok with a temperature check to enter the airport!
    Waited for a few hours until check in and then successfully Checked in for the first leg to Hong Kong. Whoop!
    Easy flight but full.
    Hong Kong was going into lockdown at 11.59pm for all people going through transit.
    Our flight was due to leave to Heathrow at 11.45pm. Cutting it pretty fine! We didn't explore the airport, just headed straight to the right gate, passing another temp check on the way.
    It took off and we were away! Yes! So all should be fine as long as the UK doesnt go into lockdown on the way back.
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  • Day60

    Roadtrip in Zahlen

    December 20, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    Unsere Reise ist nun endgültig vorüber. Wir warten am Gate in Hongkong, bis wir boarden können.
    Das Fazit unseres Trips in Zahlen:
    - 44 Tage unterwegs mit dem Camper
    - genau 6'200 Kilometer gefahren
    - ca. 810 Liter Benzin verbraucht
    - 123 öffentliche Toiletten benutzt
    - 7 mal auswärts gegessen
    - 14 Campingplätze besucht
    - 276 Sandflies getötet
    - 0 Unfälle gebaut
    - 2 mal falsche Strassenseite befahren 🙄
    - nie verfahren 😜
    - 2 Bücher gelesen
    - 5 mal bedauert, keine Pinguine gesehen zu haben
    - 3 Beulen am Kopf wegen Platzverhältnis im Jucy
    - 11 mal Abwasser geleert

    Was wir vermissen werden (Achtung kann Spuren von Sarkasmus enthalten):
    - Mücken jagen
    - Am WLAN hinterherjagen
    - Bett aufbauen
    - nach öffentlichen WC's ausschau halten
    - kuschelige Platzverhältnisse
    - Lieder herunterladen bzw. hören, die beiden passen
    - Geklapper im Jucy während dem Fahren
    - Angst dass das Gas beim Kochen ausgeht

    Das Schreiben hat nun ein Ende. Es hat uns echt gefreut, dass wir so viele mit unseren Berichten begeistern konnten.
    Danke fürs fliessige läse und bis bald..!😘
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  • Day2

    Mellanlandat i Hongkong

    January 29, 2020 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Efter ytterligare 11 timmars flygresa har vi nu mellanlandat i Hongkong. Flygningen med Cathay Pacific var bekväm men det var svårt att sova. Någon timmes sömn fick vi väl iallafall ihop😔. Många bär munskydd och i högtalaren varnar man för smittorisken (Corona-viruset). Vi är nu 6 Tim framåt i tiden. Nästa resa till Auckland, en flygning på 12 Tim, tar oss ytterligare 6 Tim fram.Read more

  • Day174

    Freediving day 1

    March 21, 2020 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Had a simple breakfast of toast as my stomach was feeling a bit average.
    Walked 30 seconds to the Fusion freediving school.
    Met our instructor for the day, an Aussie called Dave. Taught us freediving theory and some of the breathing techniques. I managed a 3min 15 hold out of the water. Hannah about 30 seconds.
    Then went diving in the ocean and did some freedives both pulling down a line and swimming near the line down to about 15m. I really enjoyed it and felt very comfortable being able to have a 'float' at 15m down to look at the fishies.
    The evening was at our restaurant with no one else around. Went down to the beach to show Hannah the nearby active volcano. Manage to get her 'I'm not happy with being so close to that' face.

    We did much discussing about the pace of lockdown of various countries and decided to bring our flight back from the Saturday to the Tuesday.
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  • Day175

    Freediving day 2

    March 22, 2020 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Started with more stomach friendly toast and met our new German instructor called Verona.
    A good bit more theory before going to the pool for some more training. We did some rescue practice which was one of the key things I wanted to learn. Then a max breath hold underwater test.
    Hannah got a massive improvement with a 2 min hold. I got my max ever of 4mins underwater. (The time required to become an instructor apparently).
    Then out to the sea for more rescue drill practice and and some more fun dives to 15m.
    One exam later we were both qualified to freedive level 1. Whoop.
    With the changed flight to be much sooner, I organised a taxi back to Uluwatu surf spot for hopefully one final day of epic surf before heading home.
    He managed to get lost on the way back. So the 2.5 hour ride ended up taking about 3.5 hours. Passed classic rice paddy field terraces with active volcanoes as a backdrop. Very pretty.
    They drive super close to each other everywhere with continual scooters zooming past and honking. Not the most relaxing. Also made less fun again by Bali belly and excess accelerating and braking.
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  • Day2

    Welcome in Hongkong

    November 23, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Dank Rückenwind konnten wir die Strecke Frankfurt - Hongkong etwas schneller bewältigen als geplant.
    Nach 10:28h sind wir dann mit einer sehr sanften Landung Chek Lap Kok-Flughafen gelandet.
    Dort habe ich dann mein Ticket für die Fähre aufs Festland geholt und habe dann knappe 1,45h gewartet bevor es dann weiter ging.Read more

  • Day2

    Zwischenstopp in Hongkong

    November 19, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    1,5 h nach Amsterdam und gleich der erste Asiate neben mir.
    Dann Umsteigen in Amsterdam.
    Nun hieß es 10,5 h Flug. Abendessen war oke... Fleischbällchen mit Kartoffelbrei und dann Filme schauen, so solls sein.
    Nach 3 h Schlaf zum Frühstück aufgewacht, dann sind wir auch schon bald gelandet.
    In Hongkong sein Gate zu finden ist gar nicht so einfach, aber es hat geklappt. Jetzt sitz ich hier übermüdet und warte auf meinen Flug nach Taipei.
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  • Day52

    Lång dags färd mot natt

    March 1, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    5 timmars väntan i Hongkong för flyget till London som avgår 01:00. Sedan drygt 13 timmar innan Heathrow och så småningom Kastrup. Det har redan varit en lång dag även om första biten med båt från Hayman Island var helt OK. Vi hann till och med äta en tidig frukost så vi ska inte klaga, dessutom är utsikten från frukostbordet magnifik. På flyget från Hamilton Island till Cairns lyckades vi också få en bild från "vår" ö och även ytterligare en bit av Stora Barriärrevet från ovan. Det känns lite svårt att vända hemåt efter alla fantastiska upplevelser på vår långa resa. Vi ser ändå fram emot att plåga er alla med oändliga historier om våra upplevelser, - vi ses snart!Read more

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Sham Wan Tsuen, 深湾村

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