Last night I was feeling pretty sick and had a fever too, but my friend Emily (who lives on my floor) invited me to go to JupYeah the next day. I really wanted to go because I want to do as much as possible while I am here, but decided I would see how I was feeling the next morning. Luckily by this morning I was feeling better, and could go!
The blue square is where I live (Kennedy Town) and the black and white checkered flag is where we needed to go
JupYeah is an organization that hosts events that promote conservation and sustainability. The event today was a clothing swap, where people would buy a ticket (~$16 USD), bring their clothes they no longer wear and then receive a large ikea bag (you know those huge blue ikea bags) to put whatever you wanted in it. We took a bus from Kennedy Town (where we live) all the way to Kowloon, which meant we had to cross under the water to reach the part of Hong Kong that is attached to mainland China. The ride took a almost an hour, but was less than $2 USD one way, so we didn't mind. The place was super hard to find, as it was held in the upstairs of a finished warehouse building and the entrance from the street was just a "door" cut into a thin metal wall.
We could go anytime between 12pm-6pm and stay for however long we wanted, but we chose to go right at 12pm. I didn't have anything to give away because I had brought only clothes I would wear, as I had a very limited amount of space for the flight over, but Emily brought some clothes to swap. There were many racks, separated mostly by color and style that had shirts, shorts, jeans, dresses, pants, scarves, purses, backpacks, glasses, sunglasses, necklaces, earrings, rings, shoes (ew), socks (ew), etc. As people were constantly coming and going, the stock was ever changing. They provided wine, tea and mini pieces of cakes for swappers so we were able to stay for two and a half hours without getting too tired (although we did have to take a few breaks to sit down and rest).
We both filled our ikea bags 2/3 of the way, and below are some samples of what I got. My two suitcases and carry on were stuffed coming here and I know for sure that I won't be able to bring most (if any) of this stuff home (unless I buy another suitcase here, and pay for another checked bag...). But for all this being only $16 USD, it won't be a huge deal if I can only take a couple of my favorite things back, as I can donate the rest before leaving.
Note: This is only about 10% of the amount of stuff I got. (Those ikea bags are huuuuge!)
Now time for some reading, before an early bedtime since I am still recovering from a cold (don't worry, I did some work this morning before I left ;) )