I am sorry that I have to write this. But I will be honest and straight up with you – I think it’s time we went our separate ways. It’s time for me to let you go. It’s not you, it’s me. You probably don’t believe me when I say letting go will be difficult. It has been an amazing year, so much has happened.
I started off in January with lots of good intentions… more hiking, less meat and sugar in my diet, fresh fruit and vegetable juice almost every day and generally just living a healthier life style. I bought my slow juicer and discovered some great recipes, finished the Lantau Trail hike with Monica…
and kicked-off the MacLehose Trail.
February was cold – not just in Hong Kong, but also in Germany and Austria, where I went to see my family and friends. Chinese New Year was spent skiing in Austria, before I went to see a good friend and her family in the heart of Germany.
I also enjoyed my first street photography workshop with Eric Kim and Gary Tyson.
The photography skills were especially useful as I went with my family on a two-week trip to Japan in April. Starting with cherry blossoms and Geishas in Kyoto we then went to the snow-topped mountains in the North.
…and all the temples in Kamakura – I could have stayed much longer.
Back to Hong Kong and more explorations. This time to Shau Kei Wan (temples and the fantastic Defence Museum) and the Maritime Museum. Clearly the sight of boats must have triggered some stimulus as Patrick and I signed up for a four-day sailing course in Hong Kong.
We quickly headed to Taipei to eat more dumplings, drink tea and explore the fantastic sights…
… before we came back in May to Hong Kong, to welcome our newest family member. Sam our British Shorthair cat joined us as a small kitten.
He has since then grown into a purrfect adult cat, who is gentle and playful but also very sleepy!
With our newest addition keeping us busy, Patrick and I only made it to Phuket for a quick long weekend in May. But that was fine, Sam greeted us already back at home, so we did not mind that we did not travel much that month. In June I was back in Europe, attending a wonderful wedding in a castle in the Czech Republic, before I spent the whole summer in Hong Kong.
This meant much more hiking for me, but instead of exploring the MacLehose Trail I became an Assistant Organiser of the Hong Kong Hiking MeetUp group and explored trails on Lantau and lead my own night hikes from Quarry Bay to Tin Hau.
August saw a quick trip to Bangkok – just to eat more amazing Thai food and hang out with friends. We went to the markets, did some shopping but most of the time just ate fantastic food and Magnum ice cream.
A work trip also brought me to Singapore, after I’ve only been once in 1993. It has changed so much and was great fun.
In September I explored new areas of Hong Kong through the Foodie Tour and organised more night hikes.
It was also my first visit to the famous Tai O infinity pool and I just wished I had gone earlier in the year, when it was really hot and sunny. In August I also started wearing my Fitbit Flex, a fun little gadget to track and compare my activity levels with friends.
The best local event that I witnessed this year was the fire dragon dance in Tin Hau, what a great tradition to keep alive.
Words are not enough to describe the beautiful sights I’ve seen in India and the fun I had with our photography group. It was one of the best trips (together with my family visit to Japan) this year.
In November I also decided to learn Cantonese (again), so let’s see how long I can keep going. Finally, to end the year, a final quick trip to Seoul in December to see one of my best friends and then my parents arrived to celebrate Christmas and New Year in Hong Kong and Macau. And here we are… getting ready for an exciting near year!
What a busy year and so many travel destinations… it really has been a fantastic year, thank you 2013. But now it’s time to part. And we both saw this coming. I have met someone new. Let’s get ready for 2014…