Get Cape Wear Cape Fly
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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On a sleeper bus
At 08:30 we met our drivers and off we went straight out of the city and were soon whizzing along thin concrete roads and down dirt tracks. The first sight of real interest were a big group of people who were watching cock fighting in a little garage type thing at the side of the road (no photo though sorry). Erica was horrified
We went and watched the monks praying and learned about how the clothes vary from other Asian forms of Buddhism. The dress is grey and brown if they leave the monastery, and once a monk always a monks, they will never be able to get married, unlike those in Thailand. The ceremony was great and the haircuts of the young monks very interesting as well. As the young monk gets older more of his hair is cut off, first they have three locks of hair, then two, then one, then at maturity it is all shaved.
We also went to the Tomb of Tu Doc which contained his palaces as well, very hot but interesting all the same. The chill of the wind on the back of the bike was great and made the mid day heat manageable. Again down the little back alleys you see local life at its best and again all the kids would run out waving shouting at us
We got to bunker on top of a hill on the dividing line between US /South lands and the
VC lands and the views of the river were stunning, you could also see hamburger hill from up there. There were no roads here so we just whizzed up the grassy knoll.
After another pagoda (Thien Mu) we got back to the citadel which used to be a bit like the forbidden city in Beijing but has been flattened by bomb damage so is being rebuilt. (It all makes it feel a little fake new buildings with scaffold around them).
Erica Edit: It was quite upsetting to see the video showing what the Forbidden Purple City used to look like, it was beautiful, destroyed by war.
A little brief but we did and saw a lot and I have a bit of blog boredom at the moment. We got back to Thu's and settled into an afternoon of 7000Dong Hudu Beers to ensure we had a hangover before the overnight coach
We got on the bus and watched the most amazing sunset to the Get Cape Wear Cape Fly album. This however is obviously not the reason for calling the blog this title. I was obviously wearing the cape while I was on the bike. The driver thought it was hilarious and took to calling me Batman for the day.