Zoe and I had a pretty big night going into 2010. We walked to SoHo near the giant travelator escalator and wandered around just before midnight looking for a noodle shop of some sort that wasn’t too touristy. We happened upon a more ‘meat and potatoes’ kind of place and by that I mean braised bean curd and Chinese broccoli with garlic. The small bodega style place had a TV broadcasting the local HK coverage equivalent of the ball dropping i.e. women in sequin dresses singing, Chinese children singing and Chinese pop stars dancing. We realized once the saucy beancurd arrived that this would be where 2010 would go down but we’d noticed a couple of wine bars nearby and figured we’d get some champagne afterwards. Which we did. An owner, Larry (a large bouncer looking fellow) gave us 2 free glasses of champagne after all the fireworks had blasted out of the sides of the buildings down in the Central waterfront near the ferries. He spoke excellent English and we talked abou our trip ahead. So no, it wasn’t camping out at Joshua Tree, but I think just as memorable in its own way and we made it to midnight despite the jetlag. And we’ve got many more countries to visit ahead in ’10 so it’s difficult not to be excited.