For some of you 10 hours on a plane sounds like a long time but no, it was heaven. 10 hours on a plane is long only if you have two toddlers with you. With no toddlers I just watched movies, read, and did work. On the way back I even slept a little! I loved the new Beauty and the Beast movie. I also loved the founder. It is an incredible movie about the beginning of McDonalds. Much much better than it sounds.
I was surprised to see Moomins in Hong Kong too!
This is the view from my hotel window, I was on the 27th floor!
This is a classic example of a small and tall apartment building.
The people were quite a bit smaller in the US. This is a sign from a normal sized elevator. In the US it would probably be 8-12 people.
Ada presented on her MA thesis about colonization and decolonization in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Tajzan presented on the limits of Chinese soft power in the Middle East. She is from Finland but of Kurdish heritage and wore a Kurdish dress for her presentation!
They had a Chinese dragon dance to open up the conference.
Those are the university buildings where the conference was at, it was a huge university.
My favorite part of the conference was to listen to some big named IR academics. Steve Chan has a few big books out on US-China relations and Acharya has written a lot on post-Western IR. Overall there were some really smart people at the conference.
I took this one just for all you blog followers!
I loved the food, they had fruits that I had never seen before and things were just different.
The only new fruit I tried was dragon fruit, it was good.
Sometimes I'd find things from America that I can't find in Estonia which is exciting. Dryers ice cream.
I had a good bowl of noodles with Rice Crispy Treats for lunch one day.
I found this Snickers milk shake. It kind of gross. Do they have these in the US? They don't have them in Estonia.
This was the MVP of the trip. A little miracle called a "bun". It is fluffy like wonderbread but also more dense and a little moist. They fill it with different things, this one was filled with pork. Just incredible. I stuffed myself silly with these things on the last night.
This stand had a good motto- Eat is life.
They have waffles like Brussels, but also had a thing called egglets which are just like waffles, but little connected balls and the balls had filling inside.
They had a lot of red bean flavored food there. I had never heard of it but I did try the Red Bean ice cream. It tasted just like it sounds, pretty beany.
They had a very interesting combination of smoothies. I had dragon fruit-Strawberry.
I saw a fish store that had some pretty crazy things, tons of exotic frogs and a million turtles. Like millions, tons of turtles.
That was Hong Kong! Incredible place. It was the rainy season, but I only got caught a few times in heavy rain. There was a crazy lightning and thunder storm. It was also very humid, like walking into a sauna every time I went outside.
There were quite a few things that I didn't get to do. Hopefully I'll get to go back with the kids, Disneyland will be first on the list!