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    • Day 2

      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

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      Hongkong ➡️ Tokio

      September 4 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      Der erste Flug war angenehm, gutes (auch veganes) Essen, wenig geschlafen, viel gespielt und Film geschaut (John Wick 3&4 > Wolle). Wir hatten eine Reihe für uns 😍

      Noch schnell die E-SIM für Japan runtergeladen und weiter geht’s….Read more

    • Day 176

      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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    • Day 177

      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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    • Day 173

      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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    • Day 175

      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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    • Day 174

      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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      Traveler  Great piccies of you and the volcano x

    • Day 38

      Coming home

      July 30 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Am Flughafen Taipeh war viel los. Am hochmodernen Check-in und auch beim Sicherheits-Gedöns funktionierte aber alles perfekt, so dass ich genügend Zeit hatte, um einen Kaffee zu trinken. Nur leider gab es in diesem Terminal keinen... Duty-free Shop, Automaten, aber sonst irgendwie nichts. Hmmpf.
      Der Flug nach Hongkong dauerte ca. 1,5 Stunden - dafür ist die Boeing 777 eigentlich überdimensioniert, aber offenbar lohnt es sich für Cathay Pacific, so zu fliegen und das Ding war auch voll! Trotz einiger Schaukler, die vom Taifun übrig geblieben waren, gab es sogar ein komplettes Essen!

      Hongkong sah von oben schon interessant aus - der Flughafen ist es jedenfalls! Ein riesiges Terminal - aber übersichtlich und chic! Knapp zwei Stunden hatte ich zu Erkundung, allerdings war um die späte Zeit nun fast alles geschlossen....
      Und trotzdem kam ich fast zu spät... . Denn innerhalb von 10 Minuten flogen zwei Maschinen nach Frankfurt, beide mit Cathay-Pacific und Lufthansa-Nummer. Dass das unterschiedliche waren, fiel mir gar nicht auf. Erst, als ich an Bord gehen wollte und die Gesichts-Erkennungs-Software (jaja, hier braucht man gar keine Bordkarte mehr!) mich nicht ´reinließ. Statt Gate 27 musste ich zu Gate 65. Ooops. Kleiner Spurt, reichte aber.... :-)

      Fast den ganzen Flug über konnte ich gut schlafen - perfekt!
      In Frankfurt erwartete mich das Übliche: Viel zu wenig Toiletten am Flughafen, ausfallende Züge und entsprechend eine kleine Weltreise nach Wesel (mit Umstieg in Solingen!?!).

      Nun ja: Welcome home!!!
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      Traveler  Umsteigen in Hongkong und Solingen ...


      André Steffans  Genau...😁

    • Day 20

      The shows not over people!

      August 28 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

      Woke up and had a quick swim this morning at the airport hotel. Lee looked a little surprised when looking at her phone. Our flight out of Phuket had been delayed an hour. Normally this would be fine, however our connecting flight in Hong Kong was scheduled for only an hour after we touched down…so we are gonna miss our connection! We headed off to the airport to see what our fate was and super lucky for us, we could get a flight the next night from Hong Kong. This also meant the Cathay would put us up in a hotel for the night, and pay for all our meals AND we get a whole day to explore Honkers! 🙌 So after a three hour flight to we booked into the Regal and headed down to a beautiful international buffer dinner.
      Showers and chill evening, ready for our one final adventure tomorrow. HELLO HONG KONG!!
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    • Day 2

      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

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