When travelling, you’re often in a strange land among strangers and things can get lonely. Sure, strangers are just friends you haven’t met, but sometimes it’s hard to know how to connect. If you’re ever in this position, look up a local club for your hobby! We did this in Hong Kong and ended up embarking on a six hour hike across the island of Lantau with some folks from Roz’s Hiking Pages, who were some of the loveliest people we’ve ever met.
Our trail wound through fishing villages, along the seashore, and into dense undergrowth full of bugs of all sorts! It’s easy to forget that Hong Kong is near tropical when you’re standing in the city—the only reminder is the oppressive heat. But out on Launtau, insects and spiders in all colors, shapes, and sizes slinked, slithered, and scrambled across the living world. Unafraid, our kind hiking hosts pointed out those they knew, like the Admiral butterfly and the golden orb weavers. It was good to be among friends.