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August 03, 2006


Aaron Delwiche

Congratulations, Rebecca! I lived in Hong Kong for three years, and absolutely loved the slower pace of life on Lamma Island. Now based in Texas, I still miss the morning and evening ferry rides.

Lamma has great restaurants, a lively bohemian scene, clean air, and much more affordable rents. The primary drawback is that you have to plan carefully around the ferry schedule. Back in 2002, they did not run around the clock. That might have changed since then.

If you like cats, you are in luck. Lamma is home to many strays, and the kindly people associated with the Lamma Animal Rescue Project will surely convince you to adopt one or -- in my case -- three. :)


Congratulations on the new job. It sounds like a great fit!

Kirstin Moritz

Congratulations. A great move for you and good for the university to have you. I suggest hanging out a bit in HK before you decide where to live. There is something to be said for being centrally located and avoiding commutes, but you can probably figure that out quickly after living there for a month. Keep this blog going anyway once you are there. I enjoy it a lot. Best, Kirstin

William McGeveran

Magnificent news, Professor MacKinnon! Look out, Hong Kong, here she comes...

Lamma Tree Hugger

Hi, I've lived on Lamma for 12 years or so, and have seen many people come and go. as an addition to comments on ferries above - the HKKF bowed to pressure a few months ago and introduced trial overnight ferries. The takeup was minimal and the trial was not implemented permanently. So your late night choices remain limited to doing a Cinderella and racing for the 12.30, taking a sampan from Aberdeen, or staying over on the mainland.

My observations are that people who see the Friday ferry home like a protective drawbridge going up : 'Thank god I don't have to go back to the madness for a couple of days' are those who're likely to stay. Folks who regularly roll into the Central bars for a quick drink or seven on their way home are more likely to get frustrated and move to DB or elswhere within a few months.



In the sixties, there was a friday night TV show about a guy who used to "drop-in" to college classes without paying tuition.

I wonder if that's possible in real life?

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