Rain from Above, the Side and even Underneath

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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Monday, December 12, 2005

Arriving in Hue we got the usual hassle from touts at the train station, but decided to check out one of the hotels listed in the LP guide. We both jumped into separate pedal rickshaws. Meg had one with a rain cover whereas Rick got a little wet in the drizzly misty rain. At the chosen hotel we dumped our stuff and decided to go and see some of the sights, even though it was still raining. We walked in the rain to the city's Citadel and followed the old walls to the Forbidden Purple City. There was a huge flag tower opposite and some old war cannons. Entering on one of the side gates, as the middle golden gate was reserved exclusively for the Emperor, we immediately saw how large the city was. Inside many of the historic buildings had sadly been destroyed during the American War, as the town was a strategic battlefield in the Viet Cong's Tet Offensive.

Walking around town for most of the day in the drizzle, we were like two drowned rats. We were both soaked completely through - our rain jackets saturated and Meg's pants were completely wet. It reminded us of the scene from the movie Forrest Gump where he says "We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin' rain...and big ol' fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath. Shoot, it even rained at night." Back at the hotel we had a hot shower and got into some dry clothes before walking around the corner, still in the rain, to a pasta place for dinner. Our first impression of Hue was it was pretty wet. How did they fight a war in a place like this?
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