When I first arrived in Hong Kong I was anxious to explore, but mildly terrified to do so on my own. But with the rest of the world at work, I had more than a few days where I had to get out of the house and into the world solo.
On Peter’s recommendation, I took the MTR to Sheung Wan and got very lost. To be fair, I’ve been in Hong Kong for about 3 months now and I still tend to get very lost, very often.
For almost anywhere that I haven’t been before I try to budget an extra 15-20 minutes that I’ll undoubtedly spend wandering the streets of Hong Kong, cursing Google Maps in a panicked sweat.
Luckily when you’re not pressed for time, getting lost isn’t always a terrible thing.
It’s strange now to look back at these pictures taken from my first week or so in Hong Kong and to remember looking at Sheung Wan for the first time with fresh eyes.
At the time that these photos were taken, I was a bit timid and nervous and had no idea that Sheung Wan was a bit of a hipster haven in Hong Kong.
Now Sheung Wan is just a stone’s throw away from my new office and a part of town I’ll often be in to have brunch or peruse shops.
Going back to these photos makes me excited to think of all the other parts of Hong Kong I get to explore with fresh eyes– in both the city and in the outer islands.