Back from vacation and no time to slowly settle back into the swing of things. Getting thrown back into it is kind of good, because then you don’t have time to feel the vacation withdrawal ;)
Anyways, it was a long three weeks of excitement and relaxation in Asia. It’s hard to even know where to begin! I guess I could begin at … the beginning …
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First Stop: Hong Kong, China
The first week of my vacation was dedicated to watching the Hong Kong Dragonboat Carnival races. I was there to support two teams from Canada who had been working hard for two years to bring back some gold.
This was the granddaddy of all races. The culmination of so many practices, sacrificing late nights out, beer, and time with loved ones, and of other races that had gotten these teams here to the worlds. This was what it had all been for.
Unfortunately, this dragonboat festival was so riddled with unnecessary delays, an inappropriate race course, cheating, and boats crashing into other teams’ boats, that in the end, it seemed like for many paddlers these world championship races had turned into something of a circus.
As a spectator, it was pretty hard to watch.
Throughout all of the tears, anger and frustration that I witnessed, one thing really stuck in my mind. I remember one paddler telling their teammate that it was about the journey, the two years they had been through together to get them to where they were now.
I’m in no position to tell anyone that that is in fact how they should be looking at this. Take away the experience and don’t dwell on the outcome. One could argue: what’s the point in working so hard when life is just gonna throw unfair shit your way and not let you have what you feel you deserve?
Well, I definitely know what that feels like even if I wasn’t a paddler in these races. And all I know is that while it feels unfair and pointless at the moment, looking back, you really do remember the journey and what you had to endure while traveling on that road. That is really where you draw your strength from and where you look to find proof of how mentally indestructible you are.
Aside from all that, the teams still did well and showed their commitment, drive, and love of the sport. So hopefully they will come back in the future to achieve bigger and better things and this whole experience will have been one more worthwhile step towards that goal.
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Aite, so y’all are like: what the heck kind of a vacation blog post is this? Shit, girl, save it for Oprah. Well, truth be told, I didn’t really feel like I was on vacation until I got to Boracay. But here are some photos from my time in Hong Kong for those of you who just wanna get to the pictures :)
San Miguel — popular beer in Hong Kong. Had it with my pigeon. (Pigeon photo to come).
Having noodles and a refreshing lemon iced tea at our favourite lunch spot.
Gloomy skies on one of the race days. The show must go on!
A de-lishous meal.
Eating goose at our lunch spot. (Don’t worry, not Canadian goose ;).
More photos and less talking (I promise) in the next post! Missed you all! Leave me some love! :)
– Cafe <3
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Have you ever been to Hong Kong? What were some memorable experiences from your time there?
If you haven’t, just let me know how your summer’s been going!