Because I Can

During my final week as a bartender here in Destin, Florida I have been mentioning to my guests that I will be headed to Santa Barbara, California for a week followed by a journey to Hong Kong for 35 days. With very few exceptions the immediate response has been “Hong Kong?!? WHY?”

Here is my response.

First off I have always been intrigued by Asian culture, it just seemed SO different from the world I know. Not different in a bad way, or a good way, just different. In school I planned a hypothetical trip to Japan for an 8th grade geography class which included researching plane tickets, budgeting, and constructing an itinerary. In high school I can remember creating several powerpoint presentations on China.

Second, as a finance major and entrepreneur with an interest in international real estate and negotiations, it just made sense to checkout one of the world’s leading international financial hubs with one of the most frequently traded currencies in the world.

Finally, I stumbled upon Anthony Bourdain’s Layover episode where he visits Hong Kong and it blew my MIND. The food looks amazing, the people look diverse and friendly, and the scenery seems just as fascinating! Not to mention the convenience of not needing a special visa to enter, and much of the local population speaks English!

So…yeah, that’s why.

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A short walk

My mother and I went for a four mile walk this afternoon as a “dry run” for what it will be like to explore while carrying a loaded backpack. It was a very enjoyable experience, even the little bit of rain didn’t bother me since I had a plastic bag for my iPhone. My Ecco Biom trail shoes could not be more perfect for this mixture of sidewalks, grassy fields, and gravel paths. They are comfortable, light, and ventilate well. The excitement keeps building as September 23rd comes ever closer.