Friday, 19th November 2004 – Macau, Day 6 (How to Get to Fisherman’s Bend)
I learned a few things over the last few days in Macau, the most bizarre one being that it is possible to get to the photographers’ stand at Fisherman’s Bend. The reason I’d had doubts was because the time Andrea tried it (two years ago), she simply couldn’t get there. She tried various Macanese cab drivers, but none of them were having it, insisting “Is no road!” The local policeman tried to make her get on the number 10 bus, which definitely doesn’t go that way, and it was generally concluded that there might well be a stand there but no one could get there. However, I now know how it’s done… The procedure is as follows:
- Get on the press shuttle bus.
- Show shuttle bus driver the nice map provided by the press office. All the corners are shown and named in Portuguese, English and Chinese.
- Point at the corner you want to go to (in this case, I’d decided I was going to San Francisco Bend, because the photography opportunities there are quite entertaining).
- Wait as the driver cheerfully nods, points at the same corner you have pointed at, and repeatedly says “OK”.
- Sit back and watch as he drives you to Fisherman’s Bend instead!
Of course, by then it was way too late for me to go anywhere else because the start of the session was about five minutes away, so I just had to make the best of the situation. It was also quite interesting there, partly because of the nice high wooden stand that allowed you a good clear shot of the track, but also because I was the only westerner there, and also the only woman. The Chinese photographers were all looking at me as if I’d beamed in from some other planet…