Jet lag – it’s a killer!

It’s 3:30am. After feeling slightly off centre and wobbly all day, yawning my way through dinner, you’d think a good nights sleep would be on the cards. But no. After getting only two and a half hours sleep I’m sat in bed, wide awake, drinking tea and eating digestive biscuits. It always amazes me how the body reacts to a change in time zone!

It was a bumpy flight over, with 12 hours of nearly constant turbulence, but being sat amongst Welsh rugby players made for pleasant viewing, so it wasn’t all bad! I felt sorry for them being asked for photographs whilst waiting for baggage; after a 12 hour flight I can’t imagine they felt photo ready! Arriving at our hotel was a relief, and sitting outside eating Pad Thai at 8pm was the perfect way to end our first evening.

My first full day in Hong Kong has been a lot of fun! A ‘tour’ of the surrounding area by someone who has been here over 20 times – we found the main shopping street (very important), had tea at the cultural centre, took the Star Ferry across to Hong Kong island, and stocked up on essentials (like digestive biscuits) at the supermarket. It was a public holiday, so by early afternoon people were out in force, and just walking through the streets was a massive assault on the senses. Smells, sounds, sights – all giving you a real feel for the city. It’s strange to be walking around in summer clothes in early April, but when the sun came out it was hot, and very humid (bad news for my hair!). There are people on every corner asking if you want a tailor, a handbag, a copy watch, and shop upon shop of everything you could think of. There is so much to see and do, and already I know I’m going to fall in love with this place ❤️.image

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A Great Adventure Is About To Begin

Tomorrow I fly out to Hong Kong to work there for two months. Sitting on my sofa with my suitcase packed, house cleaned, nails painted, I wonder why I put myself through these new, scary experiences. It would be a lot easier to stick with something that’s within my comfort zone and doesn’t push my boundaries. But I’ve learned that life isn’t about settling, about doing things that are safe and comfortable. It’s about grabbing every opportunity that comes your way and going outside of your comfort zone, because that’s when you realise you are capable of a lot more than you think you are! It’s not about wondering what could have been or wishing for what may be in the future, but about living in the moment, making the most of every day, every experience that is presented to you. So I’m excited about this new opportunity, living and working in a different country, immersing myself in a different culture, and learning new life lessons. Bring on the adventure!