Wow, my head is full of fuzz. Too many drinks, not enough sleep. I need to stop and process the last few days… both in terms of work and personally.
I took advantage of my traveling freedom, so that on the way back from Taiwan, I stopped in Hong Kong for dinner. I know people everywhere, partly because of studying languages, and partly because of having worked in translation. It is one of the things that I value most in the whole world. I love the mix of cultures and knowing people living all over the world, I can really submerse myself. In Hong Kong I was visiting an ex-colleague and very good friend.
With languages one of the difficult things is knowing if you are coming across as the person that you really are. No one, no matter how much they speak or use a language will ever be able to fully express themselves in a second language, being able to master the nuances of emotion. I find it with German, and sometimes I worry that parts of my personality are lost. Some might actually see that as an advantage.
I thought about this a lot last night…. Between the 18 beers and 8 glasses of white wine, or whatever we had. The point is, I felt that I witnessed my friend for the first time. I have never really been around her when she has been speaking Cantonese. Last night, it was just like having her there, everything I like about her, but plus 20%. I didn’t understand anything…. I didn’t get the in jokes, I didn’t know what was going on, and just let it all unfold in front of me. Everyone was hugely welcoming, and I will return as soon as I can. Her fiance, their friends, the whole night. Even the dodgy karaoke (which didn’t have my karaoke song on it) was fun, taking place in her Fiance bar.…. Fun to the point of loosing my voice.
I didn’t really get many photos, as I was only there for 12 hours. It was about spending time with my friend, relating and relaxing. We went out for some great food though. In Taiwan, we spend most of our time eating Thai food, Japanese and Italian…. strange as local food is so good, but it seems to just be the way it it. We went out though to a rather well known restaurant….
My friend told me that washing the implements in green tea to sterilize them was a custom. Struck me as odd, but I think I have heard about it before…..
I went this morning to the airport without having slept. It is not the best way to fly, and I insisted that if I was to stay out all night, then I wanted to have a shower. A friend of my friend was getting married today, and was out drinking. At 4 am they went to a hotel….. at 5am I was taken to their hotel room, where they were fast asleep. I nipped into their bathroom, had a shower and then left them the following thank you note on the mirror.
I hope they also took a photo….. I can imagine it becoming the thing of legend whenever they talk about their wedding…