On Sunday [our day off], we went to Macau — a small series of islands an hour’s ferry ride from Hong Kong. It was owned by the Portuguese until 1999, and it is now a Chinese Special Administrative Region [SAR], like Hong Kong.

It has a more European feel, but it was still crazy crowded and busy, and had a bunch of casinos with luxury shopping on the waterfront. It was really pretty!IMG_1704

IMG_1703 IMG_1702 IMG_1705 IMG_1706 This is a ruin of St. Paul’s Cathedral — all that is left is the front facade and the crypt — it was part of St. Paul’s College, the first western university in East Asia, when it was construction in the early 1600s. It was burned down and destroyed by fire in 1835, but the facade was salvaged and restored.IMG_1708 Me being cheerful with a cheerful fish sculpture on the cathedral plazaIMG_1710Moody crypt under the cathedralIMG_1711 IMG_1713 I iced Walker — for the first time in his adult life!

We took the bus over to Taipa [a village on Macau] for lunch, I thought the scale of the casino was really funny against the European scale of the street in the foreground:IMG_1715And the scale of these new housing towers against this older plaza is also crazy:IMG_1716 IMG_1717 IMG_1721