When I was a kid dreaming of world travel, crossing the international date line seemed so exotic, as did crossing the equator. On this trip I'll be crossing both imaginary lines on our planet and the thought still thrills me!
Temperatures have been uncharacteristically low here and we were surprised at how cold it felt - and still feels... But the up-shot is beautiful clear blue skies and sunny afternoons.
Everywhere people were rushing about getting ready for the New Year festivities. Nearly everyone seemed to be carrying flowers and there's something about streets filled with random people, young and old, male and female, all carrying bunches of red gladiolas, bowls of daffodils. or branches of blossoming cherry blossoms, that gladdens the heart.
On New Year's Eve we went to the nearby flower market.
Most of the plants that are gifted at New Year are chosen because their names sound similar to words such as abundance, wealth, luck and good health, like these citrus trees. They can be kumquats or mandarins it seems and all the businesses have them at their doors.
The food is amazing! This is my new favorite - warm sweet dumplings in a sweet ginger syrup. The sesame-seed ones my sister-in-law makes are the best!
恭禧發財Gung Hay Fat Choy to you all.