Moving to Hong Kong has been a huge step in my life. I had never lived in Asia before. Even though I’m half Thai and have been to Thailand virtually every summer, I was still quite sceptical about actually living on the other side of the world.
To be honest, Hong Kong wasn’t my top destination in Asia and I’m not an unconditional fan of the place. Such a humongous city, with so many people… That wasn’t what I was most excited about. But I knew that I was about to embark on a new journey. A journey in which I would discover a new culture, a new landscape and a new way of life.
Once I landed here for the first time, I remember being amazed by all the skyscrapers, the lights and the tightly packed apartments. I had never seen anything like it before. At first, it was quite overwhelming. It’s a place where everything moves fast to the point where, sometimes, you just feel like you can’t sit down quietly, have a cup of tea without thinking of what you have to do within the next hour.
One thing that I have to mention is that Hong Kong landscapes are stunning and varied. There is a place for everyone; you can go hiking, to the beach, to the city or even visit old and traditional places that are a bit more civil.
And then there is the weather – I had never really experienced something like this. In Europe, the seasons seem to be repetitive and you know what to expect. Whereas in Hong Kong, you never know when the next typhoon will come. The worst thing about the weather here is the humidity and the peaks of pollution. Sometimes it can be unbearable and I do miss the weather back in Europe.
Other than that, it’s a city that really made me grow up and I’ve learned so many new things. This is my third – and last – year here. Next year, I’ll hopefully go back to Europe (preferably London😉) to study.
I can tell you that these three years passed by very fast, even though some days I wished time could go even faster. But I’m so thankful to have met so many new people here and experienced what I have.