These are all the things that were going through my head when we got invited to a friends wedding in Hong Kong. But I just kept on telling myself we just gotta try. So I got Pop's passport ready in anticipation of going and mentally was psyching myself up for the travel. Everything was all really last minute in the end. Even in my head, right up until the night before, there was a little voice that said "maybe we should just pull out? We can always just blame it on Poppy not feeling well, right"?? I knew it was too far gone for that with the tickets and hotels booked etc. But the voice was still in my head.
Any who, we went and we had the best time. I really had so much fun and Poppy was a model baby. Literally. other mothers on the planes kept on telling me how good she was and wished their baby was sleeping or playing quietly like Poppy. I couldn't have been prouder. She went around with us like a little trooper. Just taking in all the sights and drifting off to sleep when she wanted in her pram. Staying up late with us and flirting with everyone around her with cheeky smiles.
Hong Kong also surprised me. It really was nothing like I had imagined it would be. For one it was way more western then I gave it credit for. I could have been walking in parts of New York for all I knew. And getting around with a pram and baby, contrary to all the reviews I had read, was so super easy – like so easy. We used the subway everyday and their subway put ours to shame I'm afraid to say.
Taxi's are great but be forewarned if you do travel to HK, they don't have baby seats in any taxi and they're wild drivers. Thats when you put on your care-free parenting cap and laugh it off. Your child will be sitting in your lap strapped in with you and the taxi will be going 130kph down the freeway whilst you try and tell yourself everything is going to be ok. This was our first experience in HK. Driving down the freeway on our way to the hotel I did fear for my life and scolded myself for not listening to the voice in my head to not go. I had to shake it off and tell my self "when in Rome". When driving down the freeway I was so scared but then we drove past another taxi with a family in the back, baby strapped on Daddy's lap. We both gave each other a terrified half smile (which said I know how you're feeling) and suddenly it was all much better. This is just how things roll in HK.
If there is anything I can recommend from our travelling experience in Hong Kong is don't let having a small baby or kids stop you from travelling. Your kids/baby will love it and you just have to take the punches as they come and you'll both learn from it.
Thanks so much Richard and Janice for inviting us to your beautiful wedding. We might not have had the chance to travel in the first year of Poppy's life (even though we had intentions to) but your wedding made it possible.
Here are some photos from our experience In Hong Kong.