Katja and Arne's travel stories

01.01.2015 A new year ahead

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Fresh, unmarked, full of promises and yours do the taking. Happy New Year! Do something new this year. Challenge yourself. Be inspired.
All new beginnings promises gold at the end of the rainbow. We all know it can’t be found if you do what you’ve always done. We all want change of some sort, but we seldom want to change.
We have made little to no promises of change this year. We want to contribute in the path we’ve chosen with communication and kindness in the center of our relationship. If we can manage that we’ll be happy.
The day started in several stages, really. Early morning awakening, but with such a late night yesterday we all fell asleep again and when Katja and I got up at around 10:30 Mette was out taking a walk. She came back bringing fresh pastries and breakfast.
After a slow moving time we all got ready and took the ferry back to Hong Kong island. We had a mission that we fulfilled and then we had ambitions to see another part of town.

Tiny tram

Tiny tram

We took the tram through the city and got off at the stop close to the cinema in the other end. We got us some lunch there that we brought along to a park nearby. Our friend Dan Thomas had told us about the phenomenon of the Filipino girls taking over the parks and malls on their days off. It’s true. Seems like today is a day off for most of them and they had gathered in groups on various locations.
The ones we saw first was in the park where we had lunch. They sat and played in groups and seemed to really enjoy themselves. I guess a life as a maid for the middle and upper class here in Hong Kong it’s not all that glorious. Using the day off to be with friends seems like a good idea.


We later came over another way of gathering, on cardboard boxes on the overpasses around the city. At first I thought they where clusters of homeless, but when we passed we saw they drank wine, played card, surfed on their phones and read books. They had built veritable fortresses out of the boxes, but in very noisy and busy areas. Some had even put up shrines and”Happy New year”- signs.

After returning to complete our mission we took a coffee and did an inventory of outstanding adventures and time left. We concluded the day as a success and decided to head for the ferry home.


American stuntmen are smart – they think about safety. When they do a jump in a car, they calculate everything: the speed, the distance… But in Hong Kong, we don’t know how to count. Everything we do is a guess. If you’ve got the guts, you do it. All of my stuntmen have gotten hurt.

– Jackie Chan

Author: arnber

Humongen! The big guy! The man, the myth, the legend! And then theres' me. The nice guy in the house. The man without cooking skills, but with five stars on the Playstation. Boss at work, relaxed at home. What you see is what you get. Life is good. I choose it to be.

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