Trip Start Sep 24, 2006
107Trip End Sep 01, 2007
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Developed a cold in Hue and ran to Pharmacy just before 8 a.m bus for some Strepsils as my coughing kept me up all night and had sore throat. Over the next 2 days in Hoi Ann, didn't subside and during a visit to a Museum my ear started to throb like an ear infection, and I decided I better get back to my Hai Pho Guesthouse. I took a couple of Ibuprofen and went to bed and was up coughing all night, throat still sore but my ear stopped throbbing. The next day I was visiting the Japanese Bridge and all of a sudden I felt very feverish so decided to go to the hospital to see a doctor - I took a guy up on his offer of 'cyclo, Madame'? and said yes to the hospital, please. He carefully helped me into the seat (in front of a bicycle) and as it was raining, he covered me up with the plastic sheet and off we went for the 15 or so minutes to the hospital, he cycling, me in the little compartment. He helped me out when we got there and a nurse came out to help me as well (they didn't appear to have much to do!) and he said he would wait for me. They took info, blood test, xray and I saw a doctor. Within an hour I was diagnosed with bronchitis, given 4 different types of medicines, paid $45 US and nurse called a taxi. I went out to get into taxi and here is my cyclo driver waiting for me in the waiting room! He was bound and determined I was to come with him and taxi driver was too, so here I was, feeling very sick and had to choose between them! I took cyclo as he seemed quite concerned (although fleeced me on what he charged me!
Was planning to go to My Son 'Cham' period temple but it rained a lot, and I thought it would not be good me, as my energy level was pretty low. I enjoyed the cooler temps of Hoi An, and it is a beautiful ancient port, with many UNESCO preserved buildings of the 15-16th century, including Chinese meetings halls etc. and family houses, still in the same family after 6 centuries.
Left March 22th on the 8 am bus for Danang and then 14:00 overnight train to Hanoi, where I am now. Will update that tomorrow!