Monday, August 11, 2008

a week of superlatives in hong kong

saturday, august 3 = most perfect summer day

 we woke up early and went wakeboarding for our first time with john and lily.  (wakeboarding = snowboarding on water)  very very fun.  grant got up relatively quickly, and i'd had a tiny bit of practice one other time, so i had no problems, until i would try to go outside the wake, and then i would fall.  can't wait to try again! 

we stopped by lily and jon's flat, then changed clothes for a day out on a junk trip.  junks are pleasure boats that people take out for a day (either renting or owning), stock up on food and drinks, and drive out to a bay somewhere around the many (200) islands of Hong Kong.  our boat had about 45 people on it, was paired up with another boat of the same number, and i knew about 15 :-)  good times.  lots of sun, diving into the water, trying to catch frisbees while diving, diving through inner tubes, etc etc.  in other words, a perfect summer day.  here's a picture of michele and me towards the end of the day.

Wednesday = Craziest weather

it was a typhoon 8 day!  where we live, nothing too exciting happens, but windspeeds in parts of hong kong reached 150km/hour.  however, it meant that grant's first day back to work was cancelled, i didn't go into the office, and we stayed home and watched the three Bourne movies. 

Friday = awesome Olympics opening

i'm an olympic junkie.  i'll admit it without shame.  every four years, i get very excited in the sports i don't follow the rest of the time - gymnastics, diving, swimming, even volleyball and basketball!  so when the opening ceremonies come on, i try to watch the whole thing, and i love the pageantry and showiness of it all.  this year's was amazing.  we'll give china some props for that.  my personal favorite? the little 9 year old carrying the flags next to yao ming from china.  

Saturday = best beach ultimate

every saturday (almost) we play beach ultimate in the summer.  this week was my favorite.  we went to a beach that grant and i hadn't been to yet called shek o.  the sand was super soft and didn't hurt my feet, the water was clean (or as clean as it gets in HK) when you wanted to cool off, and there was a great thai restaurant nearby.  

Sunday = best food day

dim sum for lunch, and sushi for dinner.  could it get any better?  no, no it couldn't.  

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