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Waiting for Christmas in Hong Kong

Posted by on December 22nd, 2011 in Asia, Hong Kong, Photos | 16 comments

[Not a valid template] I jumped on the star ferry on the central pier of Hong Kong, splurging for the “expensive” ticket on the second floor of the ferry to Kowloon. As the ferry navigated forward on the choppy dark waves my eyes wandered back to the night skyline on the Hong Kong Island, so many buildings with Christmas lights, snowflakes, decorations and holiday greetings. I was surprised about how many of the greetings were politically correct; instead of saying Merry Christmas, they had opted for Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays and so on. Thankfully some of them still opted for the traditional Merry Christmas, while others just couldn’t make up their minds and blinked between Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings like some politically correct Schrödinger’s cat on Christmas Eve. [Not a valid template] We reached the Kowloon pier and...

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Winter Wonderland

Posted by on January 18th, 2011 in Europe, Finland, Jyväskylä, Photos | 2 comments

It was the morning of Christmas Eve in a snowy Finnish city of Jyväskylä, the air was painfully crisp in the -27°C temperature. You could clearly see all the stars in the black open sky, as the sun was still hiding far away; the clock had just barely struck half five. Nothing was moving, it was like a ghost town, the whole city still sleeping, waiting for Christmas, waiting for Santa Claus. [Not a valid template] The emptiness was broken by a bus that pulled up to the side of the road. The tires creaking against the frozen snow as it came to a halt. A door opened and a single figure stepped out of the bus with his bags. He looked around, his lungs painfully aware of the frozen air, but there were no other cars in sight....

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