After being in Hong Kong for 3 months, I have been away from my family for longer than I’ve ever been. It has had its ups and downs not being able to talk to them during the day because of the time difference. I thought that I would have to be spending Thanksgiving in Hong Kong with the friends I made here and not with family, but before I left my uncle told me that he was planning on visiting Hong Kong for Thanksgiving. It really made me happy to know that I might be able to spend the holiday with my uncle. When he confirmed that he was coming, I knew that I would be able to see some family after a while of not being home.
My Uncle Ron and his girlfriend, Erica, came to Hong Kong the Sunday before Thanksgiving. I was really excited to see them after they landed, but since it was the last full week of classes I couldn’t really see them right away. When I was able to see them, I met them at Hang Hau Station to bring them to UST. They wanted to see the campus, have lunch, and see how I was doing so far. I told them about my classes, how I was liking them, and what I didn’t like about studying abroad. After we took the mini bus to campus, I took them around campus and showed them some of the nice sights of the Bay and campus. There is a new restaurant that opened up on campus, that I have been too a couple of times. It has some traditional dishes and dim sum and I find it pretty good.
During lunch, we had different types of dim sum and talked about what they did so far in Hong Kong and what they planned on doing for the rest of the week. After lunch, we talked about when we would meet up for Thanksgiving dinner depending on my study schedule. We planned on having dinner Thursday night at an American inspired dinner in Central. When we met up for dinner, I didn’t know what to expect because we’re in Hong Kong. Surprisingly the food was amazing! We had turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes, carrots, sweet potato fries, spinach, and cranberry sauce. For dessert we had pecan pie and it was delicious.
After dinner, we said our goodbyes until I come home from study abroad. It was really great being able to see family, while on the other side of the world. It made me very happy to spend time with them and got me even more excited to see my mom, sister, aunt, and cousin at the end of December for Christmas and my mom’s birthday. My uncle and his girlfriend explored other food places in Hong Kong that I didn’t even hear about, so I know exactly where to go for the rest of my time here. I have 4 more days left of classes and then study break. My experience is coming to a close very quickly, but I know I will end the experience on a positive note.