Saturday, 31 December 2011

Lost in Translation...? Hardly

They say a change is as good as a rest.  Travelling for nearly 20 hours across continents necessitated a serious rest.  Not being a seasoned long haul traveller, the flight (or more accurately flights) knocked me for six and my body demanded some serious respite on arrival.  Having overcome the jetlag, my body clock adjusted and has acclimatised to the altogether novel environment. 

Hong Kong is something else.  I have never seen anything like the cityscape here which truly reaches for the stars and scrapes the sky.  The buildings stand proud, and the city as a whole commands subtle but reverent respect.  The energy is vibrant and optimistic, entrepreneurialism is the first language.  Service comes with a smile, and very often a giggle.  I have never before encountered such pride adjacent to genuine humility.  The product is true hospitality which is itself perhaps the real culture shock.  


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