Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Experiencing Hong Kong

Welcome to the thriving metropolis of Hong Kong! Now a bus ride up a winding mountain road overlooking the East China Sea sounds amazing, and it was, but looking just outside the window was a sight that had some of us closing our eyes and holding on for dear life. To our left was a rock wall, to our right was a sheer cliff and in between those two obstacles was the narrowest road I have ever seen! We twisted our way around blind curves with other large buses there to meet us at high speeds on their way down the mountain, missing each other by the slightest of margins. This is where riding in a bus is a whole new experience.

This excursion led us safely to our destination, a small tourist town named Stanley Market. It had shops, a beach, and the most expensive ice cream known to man. We spent our time eating, shopping, haggling, finding the well hidden bathroom, riding the escalators just for fun, and enjoying the view. After a fun-filled afternoon we took the bus (along with the same experienced bus driver) across the city and up another mountain to a mall in the sky, where the altitude reflected the prices. It was very cloudy up there so we could only see about 100 yards away and after some shopping and a quick dinner on the roof of the mall we got in line for the trolley ride down the mountain. And let me tell you the ride was worth the 2 hour wait in line! There were not enough seats in the trolley so some of us had to stand. Imagine standing on an airplane that's descending toward the ground very rapidly, and that is about how it felt. When you looked out the window, buildings looked like the leaning tower of Piza will in a few decades. Once we got back on solid ground our bus driver was there to greet us with his confident reassuring attitude, and so we were on our way back to the hotel to get some much need rest and also to prepare for the first day of the seminar tomorrow.

Thank you all so much for your prayers and support, I'm excited to see what God will do in this mostly unreached city of Hong Kong.

In Christ,

Nathan Ehnis