We are "mastering" the MTR this week. Wednesday's adventure included four different trains and a bus to arrive at the IKEA in Shatin. Now each time you get to a train, you have to know where you are going and what is the terminal station on that line. You are looking to see which way you are going while navigating thousands of HKers who are always in a hurry.
Of course we made it with little or no worries, but the return trip was a little more un-nerving. First, it was pushing 5:00 and we had an hour travel time back to the flat. Second, we got to the exit at the Homesquare Mall only to discover it was POURING! It was a good 15 minutes before the locals would start out in the rain and we only had one broken umbrella. After a six hour shopping day and a 20 minute rain delay, we slalomed through the slower walkers for a two block jog to the train station.
Now soaked, we had a standing room only trip back to Lantau Island. We were on the homestretch when the voice on the intercom said "This train is going out of service, please exit at the Tsing Yi stop." Ok, we are one stop away from our shuttle to Discovery, but now we have another 5 minute delay while we wait for another train. All is well but Maddy can't understand why on earth they kicked us all off.
We arrived home one bus behind Tom. I have definitely developed a sense of "si la vie" and we went out for pizza.