Hue (Adem)

Trip Start Jul 07, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Me again, or maybe not again but perhaps more of a special guest appearance.

First day in Hue today and after a nice lay in and a slowish start, we began by eating at a cafe/bar next door to our hotel. We went there last night after checking in and the food was nice, although at first it was Danielle's idea of a nightmare as the music was loud making us think we wouldn't sleep at all and there was about 10 perhaps 16-17 year olds all talking complete rubbish but oh well they were harmless. Anyway they left and it turns out the place is only open til 12 so no problems after all and Danielle would be able to sleep!

Back to today, after lunch we went to a travel office to make some plans for the rest of the trip in Vietnam and then headed to the Perfume river where we would then go into the Imperial city. As soon as we started walking i really liked the place, it looked great had a fairly relaxed feel to it and I just got good vibes from it. We walked along one of the big bridges across the river and we were planning on heading to the Imperial Palace. Along the way a Cyclo driver (one of those seats with someone cycling behind) came and cycled past and started conversation, as they usually do to try and get you to go and get taken to where you're going by them. Anyway he spoke of football and then Liverpool (naturally he went up in my estimation!) and then he showed us a book he had where people he had taken had wrote their comments of him, and they were all good. So we agreed a price for him to take us round the city for an hour and show us various points of interest.

Next came the funny part, we wanted to go together so we ended up sitting one in front of the other in a seat that is really only meant for one, or at least two people of small Vietnamese build! Needless to say it was hilarious and at points i did feel very silly. I felt for the driver (Xun) and I did ask on many occasions if his legs were ok! The pictures i hope will illustrate the situation a bit better.

Back to the decision to get in the cyclo, it proved to be a brilliant one! Seriously Xun was better then any tour guide we could've got; he was really funny, he knew what he was talking about, he gave us stories of the places we were going, he taught us a bit of the language (the most used word being "diddi!" which means let's go!), he took plenty of photos for us and he even let us both have a go at riding the cyclo as well. He was enthusiastic and the photos wern't just basic snaps, he made sure we were in the best places and in the Kings old gardens he sat us down and made us pose with the teapot and little cups which were on display, all good fun and amusing. In the course of an hour we saw rivers with lots of lilly pads, bridges, temples, gardens, tanks and the Imperial Palace. Along with this he pointed out certain walls which still had bullet imprints and marks from bombs on them from the Vietnam war. We also got to see what is a really nice city, fairly busy but not hectic, quite relaxed, lots of nice people waving and shouting hello, although im sure some must have been laughing at us both being on the one cyclo, but can't really blame them seeing as we had a hard time not laughing ourselves.

After the Imperial Palace, (which by the way was really nice and there was also an elephant inside!) we agreed to pay a bit extra for him to take us back to our hotel, and that concluded what was a in my opinion a really great day. I think Xun was also grateful when we got him a bottle of water as cycling us both around can't have been easy. Danielle gave him a glowing review in his book and then i did have to laugh at her telling someone who had lived in Vietnam all his life that he should make sure he drinks the water and to drink a lot to avoid getting dehydrated. Now we're just off to dinner so until the next time, tåm biŒt (goodbye) :)
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