Wednesday, August 09, 2006
People everywhere! And yummy summer foods!
One of the things that struck me most about Asia was how many people live there!! Mel and Tyler had talked about this but until you are actually there, it's hard to believe. In the downtown areas, streets and sidewalks are crowded from about 10 in the morning until 11 at night. This picture was taken in Hong Kong along Electronics Street (DH was shopping for a camera!) about 7:00 p.m. one night.
Sometimes keeping track of each other when we were walking was a challenge. One morning, Bob was confused because he wasn't accustomed to what Audrey and I were wearing yet! When we were in the markets or on the transit system during very busy times, we had to keep checking back over our shoulders for the next person in our group. Mel and Tyler had red coolmax Canadian hats that helped us to spot them and Aime' was taller than any Asian men (he stood head and shoulders above them) so we didn't lose him. There weren't alot of foreigners around but the people were so friendly and helpful that we never once felt different - except for the fact that we couldn't understand a word of Mandarin!
Did you spot the KFC and Pizza Hut signs in the picture?!! We saw lots of these places plus McDonald's in our travels. In Taipei there was KFC that was 4 stories high! You ordered on the first floor and then could sit on the other 3 floors to eat. Starbucks had the same arrangement. But -- I never did find chai lattes in our travels :(
I'm saving my impressions about pedestrians and traffic for another post. That topic warrants its own discussion!!
I had the best salad when we had supper at the White Spot tonight - Chicken Veronica with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red peppers, grilled chicken, cashews and red grapes. It was delish - I highly recommed it!