Time is flying by! The Christmas decorations have been placed up all throughout Hong Kong, Starbucks has the new menu up and has begun playing Christmas songs so I guess we are well and truly into the festive season!
With christmas and New Years just around the corner, I have to ask, where has the semester gone?
It saddens me that I will have to be saying many goodbyes to almost all of the new friends that I had made out here in Hong Kong. Most students on exchange are sadly here for only one semester unlike the majority of British students who are here for the full year like myself. But I cannot complain, I am well aware of just how lucky I am to be able to stay in HK for a few months longer. The thought of going back to normal life is both scary and not a positive one.
Hong Kong is now what I feel and call to be ‘home;’ this is life as I currently know it and to leave this place would mean going through the readjustment phase once again. University is full of these phases. You are constantly moving in to your University residence and out again to go home. A cycle ‘on repeat’ until the sad day that you eventually graduate. However, I am not in England anymore so I have no idea whether readjusting to London will be the same as it was when leaving Leicester. But for now I’ll put that thought aside.
Christmas decorations were up as soon as Halloween was over (so, from about November 4/5th) which is incredibly early but Hong Kong is a place that endeavours to inspire. Whether that means placing enormous Christmas lights displays on huge finance buildings then be assured, you most certainly will be inspired. Like some people call it, this is the concrete jungle. Big city, tall buildings, anything could happen!
Unfortunately, I have been tucked away for the past few weeks but here are a few pictures that some friends have taken of Kowloon, Central and Times Square Shopping Centres.
I shall be going home to England in just over a week and to say that I am excited would not do my feelings any justice! What do I most look forward to you may ask? My mum’s cooking, my little sister and my family’s support. I can taste that Christmas roast dinner already – YUM.
Initially the thought of celebrating Christmas in Hong Kong seemed great but moving to a new continent has been challenging and you soon realize how much you need and miss everyone back in England. Christmas is a time for love and family so I am very happy to be celebrating with my family. Let’s not forget about the presents though…
Hong Kong shall see me again on the 27th December when I shall be landing to celebrate New Years here alongside two friends, including Jayshree who is currently doing her year abroad down under in Perth, Australia. I can’t wait.
They have this to look forward to:
On another note, Nelson Mandela has passed away the night before last. Growing up, he was a significant part of my life as I am sure he was for many millions more.
A great man has truly left the world but his legacy lives on. Studying South Africa’s transition into peace following the apartheid for one of my courses here at The University of Hong Kong brought to home the significance and impact of what Nelson Mandela did for his people, and for this World.
But for now my life is going to revolve around the library and my bedroom. I have three research papers due in this week but thankfully, I am all done with the assignments, presentations and take home exams. Nonetheless, I write this from the library amidst rampant essay writing. So for now, I am on it like sonic.