Most people do Macau as a day trip from Hong Kong. Being a gambler, I stayed and played for a few days. But I did take a morning to play tourist. First up was Senado Square. This was a quick walk from my hotel – Lisboa. Some street views on my way: The May heat meant that when I went to take my first picture, the camera was physically hot. Also, it meant my camera did this, which freaked me out a bit when I realized the fog was inside the camera, not just on the lens.This was my first trip ever with a fancy camera and it fogs up. Great! Don’t worry, I did figure it out and was able to get some pictures after all. WHEW!
I took a break from the heat by sitting down. I was then asked to take a picture of a couple. I reached for the camera and then realized they were not asking me to take their picture, they were asking if they could take pictures with me. Oh jeez. I read plenty about this. How Chinese people will ask Westerners if they can take their picture because they likely have never seen a Westerner before. I expected that to not kick in until I was on the main land. I was not expecting it in Macau. When I am burning hot and pouring with sweat. Sigh.
This whole thing drew a crowd and my rest break was ruined. Up to the fortress I go!
I hate walking up steps like this. I always fear that I will twist my ankles and fall to my death. It is even worse going down.
There is a little cafe at the top of the steps where you can have an ice cold water. It will be delicious.
Views of Macau from the top:
It also seems most of the canons point directly at Hotel Lisboa.
I met a woman from Prague up here. She had started her China trip in Shanghai a month ago and was ending it in Hong Kong tomorrow. We are opposites as I just started in Hong Kong and after a month, I end in Shanghai. It made me that much more excited to just be starting.
After leaving the fort, I made my way back down. Once I got to St Paul’s ruins, I was singing Rainbow’s “All Night Long” aloud to myself as I pranced down the cobblestone walkway. There truly is no person on Earth who’s company I enjoy more than my own.
Bathed in sweat, I decided a stop at Starbucks was in order. Luckily for me, there was one RIGHT THERE at the bottom of the walkway. Ah, delicious.