Jelly Ghosts and Future Hosts
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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After confirming we would be taking this up with the booking agent and having a brief row (the Vietnamese guys involved all of a sudden could hardly speak English so we couldn't argue too much (surprising that) the bill came down to $5US. We then made a counter offer of about 40k dong made up in small notes so it looked like more (about 1.60 which they begrudgingly accepted)
We finally caved in to the flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang the travel agent could get it 30$ cheaper than we could book it online (note to anyone travelling on a budget somehow reputable travel agents in Vietnam can do just about anything cheaper than you can do independently hence the reason we have had organised trips to the Mekong, Halong, and Sapa. While some of the tours are a little frustrating with lots of stops at souveneir filled services and lots of lunch breaks etc
Anyway we said our goodbyes and promised to meet up with the guys in Cairns for a few days when we are out in Aus and allow them to charge us a service charge for bringing them a bottle of gin. We then continued to cruise around the limestone islands which were beautiful before finally returning back to Halong City. A quick bit of lunch and then we got the bus back to Hanoi before our night train to Sapa another night of minimal sleep perhaps?
Erica continued to chat to our friendly Bosnian Australian doctor. Before we turn nice and soppy let me just say that today Erica got told about a story when she was visited by ghosts who got into her bed and she actually felt the ghost and it felt like Jelly, she then pushed it out of bed and it flew off through the window. Dr Kyaw (our GP) now seems completely normal and next time he says "morning Matthew how is the computer business" I will tell him its fine and smile politely. Anyway the lady had been through so much in her life I think we were a bit harsh with yesterdays write up.
She really is an incredible lady who's last comment to us was that she was going to make a collage called love, this piece would centre around a picture of Erica and I and if we had an issue with Intellectual Property theft we could "Get F******" you have an aura that exudes love. Then again she is famous as being the only doctor in Australia who has a giant sculpture of a penis in her office, yes she sculpts, paints, writes poetry, makes tapestries, brings up her son on her own, looks after her staff and worries about work all the time etc
Back to Hanoi and a quick walk around the ring shops (shared with China) Hanoi seems to have a 'silver street', a 'sunglasses street', a 'book street' and a 'clothes street' so every shop is selling the same stuff in huge competition, we still don't get it.
A quick burger in the Kangaroo Cafe and a quick five pints before we went to the cafe to find our bags and jump the train to Sapa. We ended up spending about 30 minutes chatting to the guy in the office while Erica showed him the blog and I slept in a chair.
The train was lovely, our first ever soft sleeper and it was all wooden with a tiled floor. We shared the cabin with two Vietnamese people but after halving the price of the booze from the woman on the platform we had one more can each and I think we were asleep within two minutes of the train leaving.