Another amazing day! Up at 4:30 to catch an early flight Hong Kong. Chuni and Michael got their temperature taken to rule out bird flu. Picked up by Chuni and Chia's friends. Father Paul, head of the Trappist Monastery and Lucy. Good thing we partied with the Bunons yesterday as quiet contemplation and prayer is the mission of the Trappist order and we are staying at the Monastery on Lantau Island tonight. Simple food and quiet, I presume. I am ready for that!!
But first, NUMEROUS plates of dim sum at the outlet mall. treated by Lucy and her husband, a retired government veterinarian.
Then, a quick trip to Disneyworld, then Sky 100 for the amazing view from the observation deck.
Lucy had to leave, so Fr. Paul whipped us through Sky 100, then we ran for subway then ran to a ferry to Discovery Bat in Lantau Island. We then walked 2 miles with our backpacks and suitcase through a squatter's area and small village right on the bay. Gorgeous. Up and down and up mountains at a FAST clip. We were sweating bullets except for Fr. Paul. (Quiet contemplation will do that for you.) Accommodations are modest and comfortable though Chuni was freaked out by the cute little gecko inside my room.
Fr. Paul gave us 5 minutes to take a cold shower before benedictions. Then we ate a modest dinner of rice, soup a little meat and salad before a private mass Fr. Paul said just for us in a tiny chapel. Right after mass, pre-bed benediction. All in Cantonese with some Mandarin. So peaceful.
Fr. Paul said the Trappists run a dairy farm business but the cows are on Mainland China. The part of the industry they do here is make BUTTER COOKIES!!!! Woohoooo! They don't make them on Sunday, though and we have to leave early tomorrow, although the monks get up at 3:30 am, so maybe we could join them if we got up that early! Fr. Paul gave us 3 boxes of the cookies, so we do get fed everywhere we go!
In my little room writing this during quiet time. Will see our friend's daughter, Leigh, who just moved to Hong Kong with her husband, Chi, (who is from here) and their darling baby, Julia tomorrow.
If I don't have the power to post from here, it will have to be tomorrow morning with free WiFi on the ferry!
I can't believe how lucky I am to be having this incredible experience.
On the ferry now with Brother Samuel!
Adding pix of our departure!!