In December of 2008 Brian Hartenstein and family left America for an adventurous life overseas to live and work throughout Asia, raising three daughters with a sense of wonder and awe at the possibility of the world. It is now 2016 and the adventure continues back home in Oregon. This blog remains as a time capsule to that period. Thank you so much to all our friends around the world. Please stay in touch. We miss you all!
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Escape to Hong Kong: The Grand Central Station of My Life
In Hong Kong I climbed to the top of buildings and pressed my face to the glass. My eyes... overlooked Victoria Harbor... deep within my belly roared a mighty laugh.
My legs... walked the streets. My voice... talked to people. The man unloading a truck, the boys in the park playing soccer, the taxi driver leaning out the window to have a smoke... they all knew me by name.
In the market my hands... touched dried salamanders and lizards, bins of grains and fruit... the familiar foreignness of life coming back.
My pores... sweated in the sticky humid heat.
My nostrils... filled with the weird aromas of the old world.