Year of the Fire Rooster – a call to action and adventure!

Still on a high from my amazing trip to Tenerife, I was browsing the Dr Martens online store. I came across a pair of boots which spoke to me. Here is the description on the website:

“2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster: and as the Chinese zodiac calendar predicts, it’ll be an awakened, powerful year dominated by calls to action – which sounds damn good right about now.

The limited-edition Year of the Rooster 1460 represents that hope, with a laser-etched rooster in the classic high-shine, rub-off Arcadia leather – and retains all the iconic Doc DNA like grooved sides, yellow stitching, heel loop and air-cushioned sole.”

They were right – that did sound damn good, and being addicted to hope, I promptly ordered myself a pair.

Below is an almost unbelievable video, taken just a few months later, when I was eating breakfast in mainland China. The boots are in front of me on the balcony, and guess what is crowing below…

It all started when I contacted a friend about meeting for a catch up. She replied telling me that she couldn’t as she was in Hong Kong. I replied telling her how jealous I was and left it at that. The next day, a very helpful receptionist had pointed me towards some travel blogs. There was one post where somebody had visited Hong Kong. I imagined how the thought of going alone scared me. Big mistake! You see, I have started making a point of facing all my fears head on. So I told myself why should I be jealous of my friend when I can do something about it?  and booked my flight for just over one months time. When I was in Tenerife, I saw a different side of life. I had asked a cool Polish chap, Bart, “Where are people like this hiding?” He told me, “Just look for travellers.” I thought where I might find them. You can frequently find travellers in youth hostels, so booked these for my three weeks in Hong Kong.

Nick 1-0 Fear. 

When I went to Hong Kong, I was having an amazing time, exploring the food, culture, and wondrous sites. I will share with you a view of my favourite pictures. I took so many that preparing them will be a work in progress, so please check my Flickr page if you want to see more.

 

 

Behind the camera on the previous picture, was Bing. One day when I was loitering in Hong Kong, I got chatting to a nice lad from mainland China. We quickly became friends.

He asked if I’d like to come back to his village in mainland China, where he would make sure I’m looked after in his family home. I told him that I would be honoured.

The immigration office took so long granting me a Visa, that we missed the convenient high-speed train. No matter, Bing bought us tickets to travel on a “sleeper” bus, with bunk beds, for the 12 hour journey.

When we reached our destination I was taken into the family as if one of their own. Their kindness knew no bounds, as I was taken up mountains, to local cultural sites, to meet friends and family, and even a shaolin temple!

 

 

With this trip I met amazing people from all over the world. Bart was right, a large proportion of them resided in the hostels. I very nearly went on to Vietnam and then Cambodia with someone I met one night! If I were to take the one thing away from this experience, it would be this:

Everything you could wish for is on the other side of fear.

 

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Posted on June 8, 2017, in My blog, Top Posts and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. Looks like a fantastic trip! 😃👍🏻

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  2. What an amazing adventure. Enjoyed this immensely. 🙂

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  3. Sounds fabulous, Nick. I love the top pic on your blog – stunning.

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  4. Looks like you had an amazing time, Nick. The photograph with all the amazing colours is stunning.

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  5. Bravo, Nick! What a wonderful journey! Photos are magnificent. 🌺🌷🌸 Christine

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  6. What an amazing adventure Nick!!!

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  7. Very cool, not just to go ahead and just do it, but to make friends with people on the other side of the world. Great photos of what looks like a wonderful trip.

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  8. I experienced the same. I faced my fear of traveling by myself far away and from that time on I repeat it every year once to twice! Once you overcome a fear no fear can be too big to be overcome anymore!!! Thumbs up, Nick!!

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  9. What a brilliant trip Nick and what amazing people you met! xxxx

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  10. A very excellent adventure! 😀

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  11. A wonderful experience, what an amazing trip. Words can’t convey what an adventure you’ve had. I’m so happy for you and thank you for sharing your pics and the video with us. The boots are ace too.

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  12. how wonderful and you are so right –

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  13. What beautiful coloured reflections in your photo and an amazing trip…Well done you! My mantra…. Tonight I dream! Tomorrow I do! always works well for me..well unless I am trying to change my website…lol

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  14. Have a fantastic trip, Nick. Lovely pictures. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  15. Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    Nick’s fantastic trip.

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  16. Such amazing photographs, so proud of your progress and determination!

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  17. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    As some of us contemplate the short flight and a couple of days in Londong for the #BloggersBash… some have been travelling further afield.. Nick Verron has been living the dream….#recommended

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  18. Amen, Nick! Feel the fear and do it anyway. 🙂 What a marvelous adventure – so glad you are fulfilling your dreams. Thanks for the continued inspiration. ❤

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  19. Nick, what a wonderful trip – and what you say about the other side of fear is exactly right – I very much admire your courage in making that trip. Keep on keeping on! Adrian 🙂

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  20. Thanks for sharing your most wonderful adventures. Glad you got to do so much, fantastic. 🙂

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  21. Thanks, Nick and may you enjoy many more adventures. Fabulous!

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  22. You are amazing Mr Verron! I met your mum on Saturday, btw, she’s quote amazing too. You are a family of awesomeness! I notice you are on your feet in most of these pics, which is great to see. I tske your point about facing fear…

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  23. You are amazing Mr Verron! I met your mum on Saturday, btw, she’s quote amazing too. You are a family of awesomeness! I notice you are on your feet in most of these pics, which is great to see. I take your point about facing fear… the universe keeps presenting me with mine but I keep running away. 😏 All the best, Ali x

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  24. Wow, this is so amazing Nick. Love to hear about your travels and the kindness you found in the people you met. I have a fondness for the Far East – my mother is from Malaysia. Love the food, the people, been to Singapore, Hong Kong, too – many years ago now. Would love to go back to see my relatives.

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  25. Wow… just, WOW! Nicely done matey🙂🙃

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