I’ve always wanted to travel with a mascot. I had a panda toy which travelled with me everywhere for a year when I first started college, but ended up resulting in more bomb checks than I’d care to count – obviously that’s racial profiling, always calling out the suspicious looking panda – and when I went to summer camp in America it was decided that panda was too big to travel with me so I travelled alone. *cue sad “awww”*
Call me cutesy, weird, “a crazy panda lady” or otherwise, I feel that having a travelling mascot would not only provide a conversation opened, but would mean that I don’t have to take awkward selfies which always result in me looking drunk or the actual event or monuments being out of focus – doh!
One of the perks of staying at a Conrad hotel is that they give you a rubber duckie for your bathtub… and they give you a bear of some description. In Tokyo it was a keychain made of traditional material supporting cancer research and in Hong Kong it was two very cute teddy bears that shared my bed – my new friends travelling around Hong Kong with me; and here is our story.
(Note: Yes, I am well aware I had too much time on my hands in Hong Kong, but I swear the bears made me do it!)
Getting out of the hotel the Conrad bears were just happy to enjoy the winter sunshine, usually holed up in the hotel entertaining visitors for across the world. As I took the Conrad bears of their first taxi ride from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui they were amazed at just how many skyscrapers there are, and just how many pairs of undies were handing from residential buildings windows…
Having seen many business travellers and high class guests stay at the Conrad Hotel Hong Kong the bears were excited to see some of the shops where they bought their designer duds. Whilst one Conrad bear found a pair of D&G sneaker boots at a bargain price on Nathan Road, the other bear was too busy looking at the artist commissioned chairs in the Adidas Store in Tsim Sha Tsui and wondered if anyone would notice him sneaking it into the Conrad for his own personal use.
It was Christmas Eve I wanted to go carolling but of course the bears wanted to come with me. Whilst I was busy singing “Jingle Bells” they must have sneaked out of my bag and took a few happy snaps of them with the merry carollers behind them.
But the Conrad bears weren’t content with just hitting the shops and watching Christmas carols – they wanted to see what other hotels in Hong Kong looked like compared to their home at the Conrad.
One bear managed to sneak into the Peninsular – one of Hong Kong’s most iconic hotels in the country – and take a happy snap with their beautiful Christmas trees. The bear at the Peninsular even tried to commandeer one of the hotels signature Rolls Royces (below) to take for a joy ride – what a naughty bear!
The other bear wasn’t far away causing mischief at the 1881 Heritage site, the location of high-end brands such as Tiffany and Vivienne Tam; Conrad bear thinks she may have found a friend or perhaps a distant relative just chilling in the square.
After a big day exploring, the Conrad bears and I took a ferry across Victoria Harbour to the our new resting place for Christmas week.
Don’t tell the Kowloon Shangri-La but I think they have an infestation of bears in their suits and they seem to quite enjoy the complimentary tea and chocolates that were provided to the room!
Whilst I have a feeling that the Conrad bears have retired after their trip around Hong Kong hopefully I’ll find another mascot to share photos of around my favourite cities, but in the meanwhile check out two other blogs who feature travelling mascots: The Traveling Kiwi’s who travel with Runaway Juno and Sir Paul who managed to secure a comfortable spot alongside Nadine on her travels.