Airport & Travel
We were able to land about 40 minutes early at 6:30 pm HK time (instead of 7:10 as originally planned). However, it took a long time to get through customs and then receive our bags and my buddy (Kathy) waited for us the whole time. After meeting us, she guided us to the metro station located in the airport, which brought us from the airport to Hong Kong island; we then took a taxi to the colleges where we are staying.
Chi Sun Residential College
After arriving at our dorm, we checked in with the security guards and received my room key, card to get into the building and then did some paperwork. Chi Sun is one of four new (fifth anniversary this year) residential colleges that are off campus (about a mile walk to school).
My roommate was actually in the room when we got there! Surprisingly she's from England - I thought exchange students only were paired to live with local students (Ryan's roommate has not arrived yet).
After quickly dropping off our stuff in our rooms, we went back out to walk around and eat a late dinner with Kathy. She brought us to a local place, and I had a hard time finding something to eat that was vegetarian and appealing to me (no mushrooms!).
On the way to dinner I bought large bottles of shampoo and conditioner, which was my first purchase in Hong Kong (besides a metro ticket at the airport)!
Unfortunately here at the colleges you have to pay for "air con" as they call it, so I thought I could brave it the first night as I should get used to the heat. Was I wrong! I woke up not even 45 minutes later sweaty and hot, and knew I had to turn it on. Also, since I didn't bring a pillow and all the shops were closed by the time I arrived, I slept without anything under my head (ow!).
I woke up many times during the night because of the uncomfortable sleeping situation.
Today I can finally pick classes at 10:00 am HK time, then I need to go to campus to check in and apply for my student card. I also need to pick up a few other things that I did not bring -pillow!, wash cloths, casual flip-flops, etc.
After all the essentials are finished, my roommate invited me to the beach with her and some other exchange students around 12 pm-1 pm. I am hoping I can get everything done this morning so I can go!
It's currently 7:10 am on Wednesday, August 24th and I will shower again and FaceTime my parents before starting my day with breakfast and then course choice.