Expats. Travelers who settled down for a tiny bit? Wanderers who found their place on Earth? Seekers who reached a place where they intended to be? Who are they? Would you like to meet them?
Hint: say yes!
The Picktures proudly presents you the guest post series: Expats Wednesdays!
Every Wednesday from now on, you will have a great opportunity to meet one expat blogger. I will be featuring their photo essays on home far from home.
Today, I would love to introduce you to Jonny of Don’t Stop Living and his Hong Kong story.
Hong Kong is a place that anyone can settle in quite easily. It mixes Asia with the rest of the world. It mixes East with West. It mixes old with modern. From the old school Chinese fishing villages of Tai O and Sai Kung to the modern gaping skyscrapers of Kowloon and Central, this is a crazy metropolis.
World cuisines from places like Mongolia, Australia, Germany, France, Thailand and Argentina can all be tried here, almost every hour of the day. If New York never sleeps then Hong Kong is always awake.
Hong Kong is not about skyscrapers though – there are dozens of beaches, scores of mountains to climb and hikes to do, there’s even a Disneyland, a Giant Buddha and the key trading selling point – the border to China is on your doorstep. With a world of possibilities, this is a place to truly meet people from all over the world.
Everyone works hard to play hard here and it’s a 24 hour region. Ironically though, probably one of Hong Kong’s key selling points for me is the fact you can fly almost anywhere in just one flight you can be in London, Addis Ababa, New York, Taipei, Chongching, Sydney etc. By boat you can sail to China, Macao and Singapore. It’s a hard city not to love and you’ll probably prolong your stay…I turned up three years ago as a backpacker, and have since used the Kong as my base between my global jaunts.
Jonny Blair is a global nomad and full time traveller. He grew up in Bangor, Northern Ireland but left there over a decade ago to see the world. Jonny has since worked in over 50 different jobs along the way including bar work, teaching, PR work, marketing, farming, on car ferries and selling ice cream. On his travels, he has visited all 7 continents and over 80 countries including places like Antarctica, Suriname, North Korea and Iraq. He shares his wisdom on his travel sites Don’t Stop Living and Crossing World Borders and is also on Twitter and Facebook.