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Back to Hong Kong… if I can!

France is quite a safe country with regards to natural disasters... For example we never have earthquakes or typhoons that kill so many people in Japan for example.

Nevertheless, we sometimes have some storms with strong wind like in December '99 which was one of the biggest disaster in French History.

Anyway, these natural disasters never came to the best city in France: Toulouse! But... But... that day... the day I was supposed to flight to Hong Kong... the strongest storm I ever saw tried to prevent me from going to HK... From the early morning, a really strong storm coming from Spain (and which killed a few people in Spain) arrived in South of France. As a result, all airports were closed in South-West France, especially in Bordeaux and Toulouse... How lucky I am! My flight is at 5pm and, by the afternoon, the airport is still closed and no news telling us when it will re-open. In the early afternoon, the storm has almost gone but the airport is still closed... I have to be in Paris by the night for my transit no matter what! But train lines were closed too. Even the rugby team, supposed to go to Bath (England) for the Heineken Cup (European Rugby Cup), had to wait for the airport to open. Out of sheer desperation, we decided to go to the airport around 4 to see from ourselves how it's going.

-- PHOTO of Apocaliptic Airport --

What we saw there was like the apocalypse... Almost nobody, everything was upside down, no cars in the huge empty car parkings... Finally, we managed to enter the airport itself, and to my great relief, they announced the re-opening of the airport... with my flight! My flight was the first one to be maintained again. How lucky in my bad luck 🙂

So finally, I flighted to Hong Kong without any trouble. By the way, if I couldn't manage to go to Paris on time, as I bought the tickets in different transactions, Air France, even if both tickets were with Air France, wouldn't have refund me the cost of the flight from Paris to HK coz they consider it's my bad I couldn't be in Paris on time... So nice!

When I finally arrived in Hong Kong, nothing had change, it was still so hot compare to France... I arrived to my new flat in Sheung Wan safe.

My flat

My flat

The flat is quite nice. A big bed, a small kitchen, a TV, a desk a wardrobe and a private bathroom with toilet and shower. Widely enough to survive! And the location is really good. At distance walk from the MTR (subway) and only one station to Central, which, as the name suggests, is the middle town of Hong Kong.

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Welcome to Hong Kong !

After a four hours long flight from the Kansai International Airport in Osaka, I finally arrived in Hong Kong International Airport 🙂

First impression: damn good! As planed, students from Hong Kong University (HKU) were waiting for new students, in the middle of the airport between the two main terminals, with shuttles departing every hour.

I met some local students and some exchange students, waiting for the shuttle bus, just as me. We was around 10 new students, from different countries such as England, Singapore, Canada, USA, India, France… already a nice glimpse of what will be the cultural mix in HKU.

As soon as we arrived outside the airport… the first thing that is really shocking is… the weather… it’s so HOOOT!

It’s so wet we feel like if it was 50°C in France! And polluted… definitely more than in my sweet South of France!

But anyway, after a few meters outside, we ride an air conditionized bus, for around 40 minutes before arriving to the HKU Campus… And after a few minutes inside the campus, we finally arrived to my residence: Patrick Manson Students Residence. I’m lucky, I’m on the ground floor! And actually, only the ground floor is inhabited by boys. The first to third floors are only girls floor… I’m really lucky haha.

Inside my residence I met my “buddy”, a student from HKU assigned to help me discovering the campus and the school, filling the paper I need for my enrollment, and showed me around. I really appreciated her help. It was really easier for me thanks to her. I guess I would have been lost in Hong Kong if she wasn't there... By the way her name is Karen (English name, they all have an English name in HK...) and she learns French language. That's maybe why she was assigned to help me.

Then, I went to my Hall (student residence) and met my roomate, Dave. He is a nice guy from Canada. Actually, he is only one of my roomates, coz as there are too many people in the residence, we have to share the room with another student who will arrive later. The room is quite tiny for three people, but I don't mind. And, as you will see, it won't be a problem at all :).

I also met the other guys in my residence, mainly from Spain or Spanish-speaking countries like Ecuador. They were going to nightclub and invited me to join them, but I was tired and decided to have a rest. Next time!

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