So today I was supposed to be landing in Laos for a week-long writing retreat to workshop my new manuscript. But along with everyone else, 2020 has not been what we expected. So I’m still in Chicago, working on notes for the now-online writing workshop from Authors At Large that will start later this week.
It’s been fun reading the other submissions and I’m just as excited to see how those turn out as I am with my own pages. One reminisced about living abroad 20 years ago and tracing those old steps through familiar neighborhoods.
This year I was planning my annual trip to Hong Kong for my grad school department’s 50th anniversary. But I can’t see being able to travel anywhere in 2020. I can still trace familiar neighborhoods in my sleep.
Tokwawan in Kowloon is one of those neighborhoods I spent a lot of time in when I lived in Hong Kong. It will no doubt change–like everywhere else–because of gentrification, but as of now it still has the same flavor I knew from the 90s.
Round cornered buildings are special in Hong Kong. Other cities have them, too, but they make the most of limited space in Hong Kong.
People may not think of green spaces when they think of Hong Kong, but there is more than one would think. In fact, most of the territory (the 400+ islands) is green.
I don’t know when I’ll get back to Hong Kong, but until then I have all these memories.