Thursday, November 10, 2011

First Day in Hong Kong

Here's my first post from Hong Kong, which I started on Thursday morning:

We arrived in Hong Kong yesterday afternoon. Sophie was full of energy for the whole flight until I decided to nurse her during the landing. Then she promptly fell asleep. I don't know how she slept through the landing as we had a bit of excitement: the pilot had to pull up from just above the runway because of bad wind shear. The engines were absolutely roaring as we quickly gained altitude. And Sophie slumbered peacefully on, oblivious. Fortunately, we landed successfully on the second try.

The highlight of the day for me was our bus ride to the hotel. Sophie was thrilled to have her own seat by the window, and she spent the whole ride looking out and talking or signing about the things she saw.  She saw other cars, boats, and lots of umbrellas, which she noted by shouting joyfully "lela! lela!"  I'm not sure if the other passengers enjoyed our ride as much as Sophie, Keegan and I did...

Our hotel is quite nice.  We're staying at the Langham Place Hotel in the Mongkok neighborhood.  It has an absolutely gorgeous pool on the roof, a beautiful spa which Keegan and I will be taking advantage of later, and a very nice lounge with an excellent breakfast and lots of other goodies.  We got a chance to explore the lounge a bit while we waited for our room to be made up, and it was great!  There were a few toys for Sophie, a TV, and all kinds of tasty snacks on offer.

Sophie enjoys the view and the video games in the lounge at the hotel. 
Keegan enjoys the view, a beer, and Sophie's free Langham Place hat.
Once we finally got into the room, we put Sophie to sleep for a while and took a short nap ourselves.  In the evening, we took advantage of the pool (a bit chilly up on the roof, so we swam in the huge hot tub instead) and then went to the mall across the street for dinner.  We had a very tasty Thai meal, ordering waaaaay too much food and doing our best to stuff it all in.

Sophie's first taste of coconut milk at the Thai restaurant.  It was a hit.
World's Weirdest Oatmeal Flavor, as seen in the grocery store at the Langham Place Mall.
Sophie was fairly well-behaved considering our long day of travel, but I think all of us were happy to wrap the meal up and head home to go to bed.  Today we head to Disney!

1 comment:

Nana said...

What a sophisticated looking hotel! And you're right about the pool....gorgeous. That looks like my kind of vacation. :)