hong kong: reflection

Hong Kong has my heart. The minute I stepped foot in the city, I felt at home. As wild as it sounds, it felt like I had been there before. Maybe due to the familiarity with New York, but walking and weaving through the streets, getting on and off the subway and exploring art, food and parks as I went felt so natural. Also, as I've mentioned, I am a big city skyline person and with this one set so beautifully into the mountains and water, my heart melted.

I started thinking about my new-found definition of home. Some of the most natural questions when you are first meeting someone are: "Where are you from?" "Where do you live?" "Where is home?" This has naturally taken on a new meaning for me as I currently do not have an address. I think home is much less about a place for me. Home is in my heart. Home is the people whom I love. Home is each place that I have been- contributing to my home, that is the world. Given that travel has become my lifestyle, each time I change cities, I view it as this is now part of my new home. Pieces of my time there leave a mark on my heart, now a part of my home.

It is amazing to me how quickly places can start to feel like "home." Maybe because they are a part of you all along and now you are having the chance to experience them? A few Hong Kong moments that left their mark: Having the best time saying "yes" and going out with my French hostel roommate and his French friends (testing what I remember from high school!). Making friends in new places as I strolled through the beautiful gardens. Embracing meditative "me" time as I hiked up and down the mountains to Dragon's Head, taking in the views of the sand, water, islands, greenery below me. Each of these, bottled up, added with moments from other cities of the world, rolling together into the home within my heart.

Hong Kong:

Walk around!!! So much fun to take in the city streets at day and at night, Kowloon Park, Ladies Market, Temple Street Night Market, Poke Co (vegetarian poke bowls!), Coffee Academics (best place to do work with great music!), Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront, Start Ferry to and from Hong Kong Island, Hike Dragon's Head (unreal views!), Chi Lin Nunnery, Nan Lian Garden, Soho, Lan Kwai Fong Road (drinks, food), Peak Tram to Victoria Peak.

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