Friday, November 16, 2007
the wedding + macau
Still suffering from some jet lag but I'm finally back. I really wish someone would make tele-transportation possible one of these days, wouldn't that be great ? Just imagine, a few seconds and we'd be on the other side of the world. Instead of enduring 15 hour flights - 3 to Munich followed by 12 to Hong Kong - during which I couldn't get any sleep. Actually, I slept really bad during the whole trip, but even so I had a great time.
My friend's wedding was lovely. She chose the Westin resort in Coloane for the reception and it couldn't have been a better choice. Away from all the crazyness of downtown Macau, and very close to the beach, the resort was quiet and peaceful. The weather was very warm, pretty much like summer in Portugal (although quite humid), and everything went smoothly and very well.
Macau was very different from the last time I was there. Much more developed, tall buildings and casinos in every corner, and so many people in the streets, especially during weekends when so many Chinese from the mainland come for gambling. I actually prefer the way it was before, but then I don't like crowds so much (or gambling). On Sunday we had a small Macau tour, and I actually ended up taking a peek into The Venetian, Macau's most recent casino, including a huge mall. I have to admit that the interior is somewhat impressive. I mean, they built canals inside with actual gondolas, and even a reproduction of St. Mark's square. A bit crazy, I guess, but it was packed full nonetheless. I loved the ceiling though, that blue sky looked almost real...
(inside The Venetian)
(lunch, or Korean fast food from The Venetian food court)
Downtown Macau was not that changed, the St. Paul ruins are still there, and the Senate square, and you can still buy Portuguese egg tarts at some of the several bakeries that line the main road.