Forbidden cities and shopping bikes
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In Hue we rented shopping bikes and rode to The Forbidden City before venturing into the countryside. What a harebrained idea that was. We rode down bustling city streets and bridges eight abreast with traffic
The Forbidden City, inside the walls of the Imperial Enclosure, is an impressive sight. When we arrived they were filming a 14th century film, so we got to see some traditional dress.
Bau explained some history to us.
Bau: "When the emperors reigned here they did not marry someone and make a queen, he just have many porcupines, sometimes maybe 300 to 400 porcupines"
Me: "Porcuipines? You mean concubines?"
Bau: “Yeah, that's what I said”
Three to four hundred concubines is a hell of a lot of noodle.
Back on our bikes we paid a local guy on a scooter to guide us through the countryside. We rode for a good 45 minutes before reaching anything that even slightly resembled 'countryside'. Busy streets hummed with daily life. Barbeques smoked, leaves were swept, offerings burned and washing dried. Trucks still honked as the traffic flowed around us.
Crossing a long, wide bridge spanning the Perfume River, I started to feel as if I had an invincible bubble around me
The sun lowered and city lights glittered in the distance. We had ended up on an unfinished highway that lay between rice fields and duck pens.
About 25kms later with sweaty palms and sore bums we eventually made it through the darkness and into the idiocy of evening traffic. An escapade not to be missed.
After dinner we ended up at a dark and musty bar called Brown Eyes. The flyer handed to us on the corner proudly declared:
BROWN EYES – Open 5pm until the last one passes out. During happy house exchange this flyer to buy one get one free. Happy in work, Lucky in games, Crazy in Love and Strongly in bed.
Strongly in bed? Maybe the emperor popped in for a few on his way home to his hundreds of concubines.