Sunday.................off to Hong Kong
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Had a big sleep in, checked out around 12 and caught a cab to the airport. Cheaper than on the way in, not peak hour traffic. Flying Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong, around 3 1/2 hours. They have a combined First Class and Business Lounge. Free wifi, I’m given the password. But I love the challenge, so find another wifi connection and use that, just for the fun of it. Love the sandwiches and cake. There’s a good chance yet again that the food in the lounge will be better than on the plane, so I enjoy it now.
Plane takes off around 3:20. Eight seats in first, but just me in 1K. The service is excellent and friendly, but I don’t want much to eat.
For the first time I land in a country with absolutely no money, as I gave the last to charity. I am amazed to find that the drivers don’t take credit cards, which I expected would happen in a technologically advanced city like HK. They do have meters, but they don’t have GPSs, which all the Korean taxi drivers had. I used to find it quite disconcerting in Seoul, eg, on the way to the airport, the driver obviously knew the way, but had it on. Perhaps he’s helping to build up a data bank for the GPS.
Just as well I checked re the credit card before I got into the taxi; make a quick trip to the ATM.
Arrive at Harbour Plaza Metropolis Hotel in Kowloon. AUD155 pn booked by travel agent in Oz. Watch F1 on TV at 8; English is my first language preference, Spanish is pretty difficult, but Cantonese is impossible! At 9:35 the room starts to smell of cigarette smoke. Am on non-smoking floor. After a few minutes I ring downstairs, girl comes up but can’t smell anything. Then Guest Services Manager comes, he can’t smell anything either. I can’t turn on aircon as it’s faulty and is cold and draughty, even when set at 30 degrees. Don’t want to shift room unless I have to. Later I realize that the smell is coming from the bathroom vent, not the room vents and ring down to the Manager again, in case he finds this info helpful. I know he believes me when I say there’s smoke, but it’s really odd that neither he nor the girl could smell it.
I solve the problem temporarily by turning off the aircon and closing the bathroom door. Finally get to sleep around 2 am.