So, our move to Hong Kong has not been very smooth, but then when is a transition smooth? We were all very excited about trying out a houseboat. It meant an extra 3 weeks in the serviced apartment, but we were willing to wait. When the day came for us to move on, the landlord delayed. That should have been our first warning. On the next day when we attempted to stay the night and the electricity went out should have been our second warning. On the third day, when we actually moved everything onboard (including 60 boxes!) without proper access to the boat should have been our third and final warning. We were optimistic though; we wanted to make the houseboat work.
Finally, when the landlord asked for rent and we asked for our contractual expectations like proper electricity–the boat would trip with one ac, two lights, and a fan running and proper access to the boat–not three buoys tied together for us to slink and slip down, the landlord wrote to say, “I told you you needed to be tough to live on a boat. When will you be vacating?” That was our final warning. The landlord was not planning on fixing our electricity issues nor our access problem. We got his email two Saturdays after moving onboard, and we found a new place to live the very next day. Ironically we moved into our cozy little apartment over looking the sea (a post to come once we’re settled in!) one week after being told to leave on the next Saturday (the 8th of September).
It has been a tumultuous entry into Hong Kong. It has not been easy. We’re gonna make it though, and eventually we are going to go out and TOTALLY enjoy all that this city has to offer: parks, beaches, hikes, museums, shopping(!), and not to mention tons of culture. One of these days….Until then check out the access we were embarking and disembarking on and off the boat. Can you imagine Rani getting on or off!? As Vincent would say, “I don’t think so!”