Just over a week left in Hong Kong which includes one more 24hrs break. When I first was offered this post, I had to really decide whether or not to take it. For one thing, I had never done a 6 month booking before. I had been a nanny for many years with lovely families, but ultimately, I would finish in the evening and go home to my house. And I’d have weekends off too. MN is a completely different kettle of fish, of living in someone elses house. Yes, I don’t have to pay for a thing when I’m at work, except on my breaks and my days off, so my expenses can be down. But I sacrifice my solitude.
I live out of a suitcase. I miss my friends and family (thank goodness for skype and the internet; when I took my first job overseas in 2010, being able to connect with family was still pretty new). I work pretty much 24hrs a day. The family that I’m with are lovely, but there is nothing like being home. I’m aware that I’m fortunate to see the world with my work and I’ve worked extremely hard to get to this postion of trust. I’m sure these are all what would be considered First World Problems, but it does take its toll.
I had always wanted to come and experience this side of the world, and my two agencies knew that. I had a rule with myself of alternating years; travel with work and then UK work and this job came up after I had just done a 4 month stint in California, and a month booking in Switzerland. Discussions were had with my partner. He was all for it, knowing my want to be out here. Plus, we had met whilst I was doing my work, so was pretty used to me not being around.
The weeks have now flown by and I have a little over a month left until I complete my booking. Our last few weeks shall be in London and I’m looking forward to seeing some of my favourite people again and I’ve missed Cornwall.
I was taken out for dim sum last Wednesday, by my next clients mother-in-law (small world, I know) and her journalistic friend. I was asked if a) I would come back and b) what’s been the best thing so far. I would definitely like to come back. For one thing, it’s a perfect stepping stone onto further countries to explore. Vietnam and Thailand being two of them. Hong Kong is also so easy to get around and I found it a very friendly city. Once again I was asked what stood out and I think the only answer I can give is the scenery. So many times I would stop and look around and soak it in. From the city skylines (not everyones cup of tea, I know) to looking down on Shek O from the Dragon Back hike. The view from the kitchen in the house that I work, changes every day.
I have watched thunderstorms completely cover Lamma Island; seen it misty in either pollution or low cloud, or fantastically clear after a good rainstorm that washes away all the pollution. I had never realised there were so many islands surrounding Hong Kong Island, until I went up in the cable car at Ocean Park, or stood behind the Big Buddha on Lantau Island. There’s lushness as you hike down (or up) the Peak; and the towering buildings that give off their own night show are just as beautiful.
I think I have managed to see everything that I wanted to see; there are probably a few things that I shall save for next time, but my LP guide book has been well and truly used. I know to bring different clothes next time I come; floaty and loose is the way forward. I’ve managed to find a mosquito spray that works without the chemicals. The humidity hasn’t been particularly kind to my skin, but I’ve learnt to deal with that and with the frizzy hair too ;). I suspect my next day off shall be spent giving myself a small “treat” and readying myself for the mammoth flight back to the UK, with two small children on tow; no back to back films, I suspect, this time. Things that I shall miss? Well, the amazing thunderstorms (there’s one going on at the moment) the hospitality, the different cultures, the amazing lushness, to name a view things. So, London, I’m very much looking forward to seeing you, and I hope some of that lovely English summer is still around. And then, home to Cornwall, to see if I’ve been missed….