Here are some of my first impressions of the city (in my delirious sleep deprived state):
It's multi-culturalism. All signs and announcements are made in both English and Cantonese. My mom talked to both airport workers in both languages, and she started giving English lessons to the taxi driver, who wanted to improve his English. She taught him the following:
- "Pay me first, I will wait for you."
- "Bi-racial." (the taxi driver said he calls racially mixed people "mixed pots." We taught him this other term)
- "Racial discrimination" that was a hard one for him to say!
- "Can you help me look for the number?"
Really really tall buildings. All the buildings are like skyscrapers, very different from a lot of the low rise 6-story buildings of New York. They are beautiful at night when all the lights are on.
Hot and Humid! That's the weather forecast for the rest of the week. Our air conditioners even have an extra feature to cope with it.
Tomorrow it's off to university to get acquainted!