So today started off a little earlier than usual, only because we were heading out to Macao and thought it best to get a semi-early start. With Gluten intolerance on the mind we headed straight to starbucks and grabbed some drinks then slowly trekked towards the MTR and the Ferry terminal. For those who haven’t done this before do not forget your passport!
Aylene and I enjoyed the ride and chatted or napped the 45mins or so it took and when we arrived we headed for maps to make a POA (Plan Of Action). Ay wanted to visit at least one of the big hotels so we went all the way to the Vienna Hotel thinking they would have food options for her and also because it is lovely to see during the day. We found a burger joint, yes a burger joint, and ate a little something there looking over a lovely set of maps. We decided it was time to leave the hotel and proceeded to spend the next 45 minutes to an hour trying to get out. We asked for directions, three times. They gave us these vague directions that got us more turned around than ever and just as we started to feel a little trapped we found our way out.
Our first job was to grab a taxi and head towards the four sided Buddha which was on our side of the Peninsular, after that we had to try find a bus back to the other end but the bus stop we were directed to was no longer in operation. It really was just a comical bit of bad luck we were having. We finally got on the bus and crossed the bridge, Ay decided she wanted to see something so we got off at a different stop and slowly meandered our way towards St Paul’s Cathedral and all the toursityness surrounding it.
After much hiking up hills and walking around looking at the different ruins we went to look at a lovely garden and spent some time in there. Ay wanted to get a custard tart so we went in search of that, it took us forever to find. I decided she needed to learn to read an actual map and not just one on the phone so we took a while to get where we wanted to be. On the bright side she found the delish egg tarts that she wanted and due to the gluten could only eat the custard part. eish. Finally with the sun going down and the exhaustion setting in, we found our way to a bus that would take us to the Ferry and home.
I definitely enjoyed Macau more this time, it’s a lot more fun going with someone else and sharing it with them!