How is the public transportation so good?
How is it so cheap?
Why do their buses have seatbelts and ours don’t?
Why do I see so many bike share brands and so few shared bikes being ridden?
Why do I feel so safe?
How is it that I haven’t been sexually harassed?
How do they build so high on such steep slopes?
Is the slope maintenance environmentally friendly?
Why do the street crossings take so long to change for pedestrians?
Who are the people behind the dueling Falun Gong/Dafa protest displays?
Who would pay over $1,000 USD for a pet fish?
Are the caged birds in the market alright?
How is the coffee so good here?
When did they start serving it at exactly the right drinking temperature?
Why don’t I have this at home?
Why do they pave so many of the hiking paths?
How do they have so many free public restrooms?
How many people use the squatty potties and how many people sit?
Why do monasteries tend to be built on hills?
Why do I see so few beggars?
Who are the few beggars that I do see?
Why haven’t I seen anyone who is obviously mentally ill and on their own?
How do you shape social norms?
Why do people care about brand names?
Can I eat more seaweed at home?
Or mung bean cakes?
Or pineapple buns?
Or egg tarts?
Or egg waffles?
Why do people here walk so slowly?
And why do they put vests on cats?
If you allow it, travel opens you up to the possibilities. What exists at home is your norm but often not the norm. We can learn from each other, and snatch some ideas to improve our own homes.
These are some of the questions I have been thinking about since spending a week in Hong Kong. I’ve started researching some of them; some may not have answers. But I would love to discuss with those who have thoughts or insight.∗