The end of December was really quite bizarre. It was the first time either of us had been away from family for the holidays, and on top of that, it was about 70 degrees and beautiful. It certainly didn’t feel like Christmas, particularly when we spotted people swimming outside, so we were looking forward to the holiday we had planned for New Year’s.

We knew we wanted to spend NYE outside of Wellington, we just didn’t have an exact plan. Dmitriy spoke with his coworker, Kalil, who was planning a trip to Hong Kong with his girlfriend, so we decided to meet them there. My cousin, Dani, was also planning on meeting us there – yay family and friends!

Dmitriy and I arrived in Hong Kong on the morning on the 30th. After dropping our things off at the hotel, we met Kalil and Kaitlin for some dim sum at Lin Heung Kui. It was a bit of a cluster in terms of ordering, but the food was delicious. We wandered through the city and along the water for a bit, before stopping for drinks at Armani/Privé…yes, that’s the name of the rooftop bar. It was a cool spot, but probably more appropriate for the evening.

After a delayed flight and some craziness at the airport – American Airlines, you are the WORST – Dani finally made it to Hong Kong. That evening we went to Him Kee for some delicious hot pot (side note: the spicy broth is fire) and grabbed some cocktails at M bar.

The next day we decided to take the ferry over to Macau, which has a reputation for being the Las Vegas of Asia. It’s a one-hour ferry ride from Hong Kong, though customs took quite a long time, so definitely plan accordingly. Not being super interested in the casinos, we wandered through the packed streets and grabbed some street food. Trying to get a cab back to the ferry terminal was an absolute nightmare; we made it through customs and back to the ferry with just minutes to spare. In hindsight, we shouldn’t have wasted our only real day in HK by going to Macau. There were some things we felt like we missed out on in Hong Kong, so I can definitely see us going back there one day.

That night we went to a Great Gatsby themed NYE party on the 118th floor of Ozone. It was a spectacular venue and we had a great time ringing in the New Year while watching the fireworks over Victoria Harbour!

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