street near the Night Market, Jordan district, Hong Kong
interesting building on Nathan Road in the Jordan district, Hong Kong
I made a quick trip to Hong Kong, on my way to Guangdong Province in south China to take care of the work visa for my new teaching job in the city of Zhongshan. It was my first time in Hong Kong, and the brutal heat and humidity prevented me from walking around much. I can’t say it’s an attractive city – it seemed to me to be one big shopping mall – but there were pockets of interesting things to see. I walked up the long flights of stairs of Ladder Street, took the Kowloon-Hong Kong Ferry, had some Indian food in the infamous Chungking Mansions, and rode on the double-decker trams, which are quite fun. Zhongshan is just an hour and a half away by boat, so I plan to come back and visit HK often.
a cat rests on a tombstone in a cemetery in the Zeyrek district, Istanbul
I flew to Istanbul for a job interview at a university for an English teaching position. I also spent a couple of days exploring the historic sections of the city, visiting Ayasofya, the Suleyman Mosque, and other areas. Istanbul is a fascinating place, and I barely scratched the surface. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the teaching job, but having a short holliday in the city and sampling some of its delicious food made the trip worthwhile.
Ayasofya from Karakoy pier
My first view of the old city of Istanbul was from the Karakoy pier, looking across the Golden Horn toward the New Mosque, Ayasofya, and the Blue Mosque. I traveled mainly on foot, crossing the Galata bridge several times, as well as by tram. The sky was deep blue, the sunlight strong, and temperatures warm.
Among my favorite experiences: a huge breafast of eggs, cheese, bread, and olives in Karakoy, eating superb baklava at Karakoy Gulluoglu, observing the huge local cat population, and a side trip to view what remain of Istanbul’s Ottoman-era wooden houses in the Zeyrek area.
street view in Beyoglu district
baklava at Karakoy Gulluoglu