Read Part I of Sarah's Hong Kong pop-up adventure... Having slept like logs through the night, we woke up by 5am on our first morning in Hong Kong. The sun had fully risen and with five hours to spare before our 10am "orientation" at Isono we headed out to get our bearings with no real agenda other than getting coffee into our systems. Our apartment, located in the heart of the city's Central district, sits just at the top of the hill on a quiet street under the botanical gardens. One block down, we saw twenty-somethings spilling out onto the sidewalks from clubs and all-night diners.
As we made our way down the winding street towards the bottom of the hill, we turned our heads at a crosswalk, simultaneously spotting those all too familiar golden arches halfway down the block. Without uttering a word to one another, we changed direction like synchronized swimmers and walked down the street. Within 12 hours of arriving in Hong Kong, our first stop was McDonald's. I'd never felt more American.
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In Hong Kong, McCafe is more than a logo on the side of the coffee cup, it's a separate coffee bar complete with pastries meant to mimic a patisserie in France. For some reason, this makes me feel better about our decision to stop in.