I know I say this at the end of every summer, but boy, time flies. It seems like I was writing my first column just yesterday ... but this is the first week of my third year of university. I'm finally a junior. Where did all the time go?
Summer in Hong Kong was great, and even though I'm a little homesick right now, it is nice to be back in the Pacific Northwest. Fresh air, slightly colder weather and a lot of personal space (a luxury that's non-existent in Hong Kong). Sounds silly, I know, but I like being able to walk around without bumping into people. That said, it's not like I ever "left" UW this summer - some of my friends came to Hong Kong for a week.
Twenty-five students and two professors came over for a study tour focusing on the southern Chinese people living in Hong Kong and their history. Earlier this year at UW, we had spent a few weeks learning about the history of Asian Americans (immigration, culture and so on).
For the course and the trip, I was the teacher's assistant and tour guide, respectively. Apart from all the administrative work, I had to show them around Hong Kong. It was fun, but I'm not going to lie, it was pretty stressful - have you taken the MTR with 27 other people ... during rush hour? I thought we nearly lost a few people in Admiralty, where we had to change trains.
It was crowded, but all of them were very impressed with the city's public transportation. If only we had the MTR in Seattle. I'd love to rant about the bus system, but that deserves a whole column.
During their short stay in Hong Kong, we went to The Peak, Ladies' Street, the Avenue of Stars, the Museum of History, Ocean Park … I could continue, but listing the whole itinerary would take a while. They even made a day trip to Macau.
On the second last day, we all visited the University of Hong Kong. Even though our trip to HKU was organised at the last minute, I managed to snag a very special tour guide - Alex Wong Ka-chun! In addition to being a columnist for Young Post (that's how we met two summers ago), he is also a student ambassador for the university. So, needless to say, he's very busy and he deserves praise for making time to see us.
It was so nice to catch up with an old friend and have a personalised tour of the campus. I've been to HKU a few times before, but there's no way that I would have been able to do it justice. Thanks again, Alex, for helping out!