Pockets In Real Life: Hong Kong Edition

By Marisa Lerin Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:56

Continuing in my pursuit of pocket fun, I have another album to share with you today. (See project 1 and project 2.) My family moved to Hong Kong when I was 16 and I finished high school there. It was a pretty amazing city to live in, and defined my idea of a city. No other city has quite lived up to this since.


When we first arrived in Hong Kong it was night and as we approached via plane I remember looking out the window as we passed so many lights, and they seemed so close! It was until the next morning that I saw the concrete jungle we had landed in. And the old ladies out in the park doing their Tai Chi.


Despite Hong Kong's deserved reputation for lots of buildings, we actually lived on the less developed side of the island, which was quite different from the busy downtown. Eventually we even lived next door to a giant reservoir park, devoid of anything but trees and water.


Looking through these old photos was fun for me. Thanks for letting me share!

Victoria, Canada

By Marisa Lerin Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:27

In May we had a great chance to go with some friends to Victoria, Canada. I had never been to Canada, and I'd been real keen to go, so I was quite excited about this opportunity. Plus, the more I heard about Victoria, the more it sounded like my kind of place. And it was really wonderful! I'm definitely hoping to go back soon.

The drive up through Washington is quite beautiful, driving along Puget Sound and then the Olympic mountains come into view. We took the ferry from Port Angeles direct to downtown Victoria, which was quite exciting.

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We visited the famous Butchart Gardens, which were quite impressive. Next time I'm staying for afternoon tea.


▲ (Photo courtesy of YiPing Lim)


And we also spent a lot of time just walking around the beautiful city.

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Plus we couldn't miss out on tea time! I'm always a fan of places that believe in tea time.



Jordan's highlight was probably the board game cafe we found, where we spent a fun evening trying out some new games.

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And for the way home we took the ferry over to Vancouver for a quick stop before heading back to Oregon.


A very fun trip! And a great first time to Canada.