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Old March 17th, 2006, 01:09 PM
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I have arrived in Hong Kong after an almost perfect travel event. Snow in Minneapolis almost spoiled our departure but we were able to take the first flight out and avoid the backlog that was to happen later. If we had taken our scheduled flight we may not have made our Chicago connection.

The flight over was uneventful. I went into the zone and slept a good bit, drank plenty of water, walked every couple of hours and ate to break up the 17 hour journey. It was interesting that we took an Arctic route instead of a Pacific one. The plane arrived on time and all was right with the world.

The Hong Kong airport is one of the easiest airports to navigate. It was a breeze. All signage is in English and easy to find your way through. We are staying at the Sheraton Hong Kong and their courtesy counter is right out side of immigration. They were aware of our arrival and took our luggage right to the shuttle bus and then to the hotel. The hotel is wonderful and only a block from the cruise terminal. It is definitely a five star hotel and a fantastic value for a $75/Priceline hotel.

Tomorrow we will be doing sightseeing in earnest. A ferry boat trip over to Hong Kong Island and to the Admiralty and then some shopping. I hope my credit card doesn't melt.

The time change is my greatest enemy right now. It's 2:00 a.m. and I have slept for about 3 hours and now I am wide awake. Hopefully I can catch a few more hours of sleep and be ready to hit the town, bright and early.

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Old March 17th, 2006, 01:16 PM
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Mike, Happy Shopping!!
$75 on Priceline=very good bargain!!!
Have a great rest of your trip!
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Old March 17th, 2006, 01:21 PM
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Mike.. so glad to hear from you, and that the first part of the adventure went well!!

Guess it's fitting that today is St Patrick's Day cause I am GREEN WITH ENVY

Can't wait to follow along and read the tales of this adventure!
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Old March 17th, 2006, 01:53 PM
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Wow, I am so jealous! Have fun shopping - don't spend it all in one place, you've got lots of ports to go!

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Old March 17th, 2006, 02:05 PM
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Wonderful news that you and Betty made it to Hong Kong just fine. Enjoy yourselves and have fun. We are too very jealous of your once in a lifetime
adventure in the Orient. John & Priscilla
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Old March 17th, 2006, 02:15 PM
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We too are green with envy. Hong Kong has to be the most interesting place on the planet, I would love to see it some time.

You're a long way from Minnesota and walleyed pike, enjoy.

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Old March 17th, 2006, 02:59 PM
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Hey Mike,
So glad you made it there safe and sound! We miss you on "Live Chat"!
Can't wait to hear about all your adventures! What a wonderful experience!
Have fun!

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Old March 17th, 2006, 04:28 PM
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Glad to hear the you & Betty made it to Hong Kong uneventfully....is that a word????

Have a great time........shop & have fun......

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Old March 17th, 2006, 06:38 PM
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Glad to hear you're off to a great start! Enjoy! (and get some sleep!)
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Old March 17th, 2006, 07:43 PM
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Good to hear from you from Hong Kong on St. Paddy's Day. Glad you lucked out on your flights. Now - just to reset your biological clocks! Shouldn't take long cuz shopping awaits. If Gaddi's is still open at the Peninsula Hotel, I'd recommend you try it - had bird's nest soup and it was delicious. Best to you both.

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