Did you miss hearing from me yesterday? I pretty much stayed in bed all day and nursed my cold. My ribs are very sore from coughing up a lung or two. Today I had to get out of bed because I had a flight to catch.
My ears were bleeding by the time I got to the Kuala Lumpur Airport. My driver never stopped talking for a single second. It was a nearly one hour drive and he told me the history of his country every second of the way.
My first flight today was back to Bangkok. I had less than a two hour layover there. My second flight was to Hong Kong. On my flight to Hong Kong I flew in the upper deck of a Thai 747. There were only three other people up there beside myself.
I've flown on a lot of 747s but this was the first time flying in the upper deck. I prefer the main deck. The windows are so low it is hard to see out of them. One nice thing about this flight they actually had a meal I could eat. On the other three Thai flights there were three meal choices. Two were always some kind of fish, YUCK! And the third was chicken thighs with mushrooms, YUCK! On this flight there was the usual two fish options, but the third was roast pork. So I was able to eat that, it was very good.
I got to my hotel in Hong Kong at 9:30pm. I am staying at the Marco Polo Hotel in Kowloon. I don't have a huge room like I have at the past several hotels. This room is about the same size as my stateroom on the ship. The room is still very nice. The hotel is nicely located. The ferry into Hong Kong is only a block away. There is also a metro station nearby. And as usual the hotel is attached to a mall.
I can see some of the Hong Kong Skyline from my room.
Not too impressive looking tonight. It is raining. According to the forecast it is supposed to rain all four days that I am here. This is the last stop on my journey. I'll start my LONG trek home on Thursday night.
I feel like death warmed over. I was up all night with my cold. I usually sleep in my recliner when I have a cold because you seem to cough more when you're lying down. The chair in my room isn't very comfortable. It was a mostly cloudy day today. The sun did manage to peak through the clouds a time or two but that was very short lived. I forced myself to get out of bed. I took the ferry into Hong Kong.
I took the tram to the top of Victoria Peak. That is where you get the best view of the city.
I took the tram back down the mountain. Folks on the tram kept giving me the evil eye because I had a coughing fit on the way down. I decided to call it a day and return to the hotel. Tonight at 8:00 I watched the nightly light show from my hotel room. It's misting rain again tonight but the skyline is a lot brighter than it was last night.
Hoping my cold goes away soon. I had a cold the last time I was here.
It was another ugly day in Hong Kong. After breakfast at the hotel I took a Victoria Harbour cruise. Below is a picture of the Hong Kong Convention Center. That is also one of the Star Ferries in the picture.
The most popular building in the Hong Kong skyline is the Bank of China. It was designed by famous architect I.M. Pei. The 72-story building was the tallest building in Hong Kong and Asia from 1990 to 1992. It was also the first building outside the United States to break the 1,000 foot mark. It is in the center of the picture below.
Another picture below of the gloomy Hong Kong Skyline.
The picture below is the IFC (International Finance Centre). At 88 floors high it is the second tallest building in Hong Kong.
The last time I was here in 2009 they were still building the sister of the building above across the harbor in Kowloon. It is the ICC (International Commerce Centre). In my opinion it is one of the world's ugliest buildings. It has 108 floors and is the seventh tallest completed building in the world. Just ahead of the Petronis Towers in Kuala Lumpur which are #8 and #9. I went up the building this afternoon.
Very large observation deck and only about ten people up there. The picture below was taken from the 100th floor of ICC. It is looking down on my hotel which is the building at the end of the pier.
With no sun or blue skies the view was not at all impressive.
Below is the view from the other side looking down on Kowloon.
I'm still battling my cold. If I cough one more time my lungs are going to explode. This Chinese cough medicine is not helping.
That's it for today,
I tried to get my Hong Kong hotel to give me a late check-out tomorrow since my flight doesn't leave until 9:30pm. They would not do it so I left and checked into the Regal Airport Hotel. I'll be here watching planes until my flight leaves tomorrow night. I was lucky to get here alive though. My cab driver was driving at least 100mph, weaving in and out of traffic all the way here.
There's an arrow pointing to my hotel in the picture above. I am at the end of one of the runways and I get a nice view of the planes landing.
I'm still have that cold. I hope the coughing stops before I get on that plane tomorrow.
It will be a short walk to the gate tomorrow. My hotel is attached to terminal one and that is where my plane leaves from.
Tomorrow night at 9:25 I'll board my Royal Jordanian 787 and fly back to Bangkok for the third time. I don't have to change planes this time, it's a quick one hour pit stop. It's then a nine hour flight back to Amman. I change planes in Amman and after a six hour layover it is a 13 hour flight to Chicago on another Royal Jordanian 787. I have to wait four hours in Chicago for my flight back to Indy. From wheels up in Hong Kong to touchdown in Indy it will take me 39 hours to get home.
Bye for now,
I have started my LONG journey home. I just finished a 13 hour flight from Hong Kong to Amman, Jordan. I have five hours to kill here in Amman and then it's another 13 hour flight to Chicago. Current local time in Amman is 7:00am, the sun just came up.
No reason for me writing except to kill time. I am looking forward to getting home. My feet need the rest. If my flights go as scheduled I'll be home at 10:30pm.
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