I think that I must be the rare person that enjoys to visit a new place with little to no research done. Other than how to get there and what hotel to book, I do very little research and tend to visit by the seat of my pants, so to speak. I never used to be like this, maybe this new found bravery comes with age?
My Hubby had two days off, so we decided to hop a bus from Foshan to Macao. This in itself was a stroke of luck as we actually had little clue as to where the bus station was. The ticket seller gave my Husband a brief description and the rest we had to guess. Bearing in mind language barriers in China. We arrived at where we thought the bus would collect us to find nothing remotely resembling a bus station.
After some umming and ahhinng in the middle of the high humidity and heat, we decided to walk around the block. Thankfully we spotted a big bus and proceeded to conduct a sign language conversation with the bus driver. We managed to catch the bus with some luck and then rode the two hour trip to the border control. This part was also a lot of guess work but we once again muddled our way through. Finally after passports were stamped and tourist visas issued, we stepped out into the bright sunshine of Macao. We had no clue what next other than we needed to find a taxi and our hotel in that order. With some help from the locals, we made it safely into a beautifully air conditioned metered taxi and found our hotel in the old part of Macao.
Macao is rather like a magical mystery ride. On the one side, it has such history and gorgeous things to see. Places like the Ruins of St Paul's, Senado Square, Protestant Cemetery, Forte de Macao and much more. Then on the flip side, it has these ultra modern looking casinos which look like they just arrived from Las Vegas. In between the two worlds, there are many shops, restaurants, architectural gems and quaint alleyways. What an awesome place to visit!
Never let fear stop you from visiting a new place. You get so much for your money. You get to experience new cultures as well as learn what you are truly capable of.
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta