Phew, we made it to Hue

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hue is actually pronounced Hu-eh so the title doesn't really work.  Maybe it could be Phewy for Hue, but that makes it sound like Hue smells and it doesn't, well no more than other places in Vietnam.  Am I actually writing this thought process down?

We have problems writing the blog. It seems I only have a 24 hour memory at best which means that if we get behind, I can only write the previous days account.  The other problem is that if I leave it to Polly all you will ever here about is what we had for breakfast and cute little puppies.  Anyway, we will battle on so here comes today, written tomorrow, all about yesterday.

We had left ourselves as short day so that we could get to Hue and make the most of being in a place where there were actually things to see and do.  The last few days have been quite a disappointment.  The weather has been a downer but we have also been cycling through some very depressing areas.  Reading other blogs it is clear that other cyclist have had similar experiences.  The sadness Polly has described in blogs this week is reinforced by the link below, please only read if you are made of strong stuff;

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=RrzKj&page_id=178601&v=6T

We saw far more evidence of the Vietnam War today.  We passed many monuments and there were several cemeteries with a chilling number of graves organised in lines as far as the eye could see.  The weather remained suitably grey but we braved a picnic lunch, making the most of the now commonly found French baguette.  Crammed with cream cheese and tomatoes it almost felt for a split second that we were resting on the banks of La Loire.  That second past and we were back on Highway number 1 being blasted by the horns of passing buses and trucks.  If I make it out of this country without disconnecting one of these horns and sticking it up…sorry, back to the story.  The cycle computer hit 40 miles but still no city.  A few miles on it did materialise and it was a very pleasant ride into Hue.  We entered along the west wall of the Imperial City, following the moat until we hit the river. Then along the Huong River to cross onto the Southbank where the hotel and restaurant action is to be found.

We tried a couple before finding a gem.  Blown away by the friendly service and beautiful 10th floor room, we unpacked and settled in, already swaying towards staying two nights.  A bath at Hotel Asia followed by a good Italian meal was an unfamiliar and well-earned evening away from the gloom of North Vietnam.  It has been really interesting and very much part of doing a trip on a bicycle, but I must admit, I am looking forward to the beaches of South Vietnam.  The bicycle takes you from one amazing place to the next, sometimes they are a few hours apart, other times they are a few days apart.  Not an issue in a car, bus or train.  But that's what this is all about and it is undoubtedly enriching a year around the world.

The short walk home from the restaurant turned funny when we saw a crazy traveller hippy with dreadlocks and everything, setting up outside a bar with a didgeridoo.   His sign claimed he was walking around the world so 'please give me money’. Yep, nice one.  I’m going to give you money to jump on a bus to the next place and annoy people by playing a cheap souvenir you picked up when you were getting stoned in Australia.  Its not like we are in a country where there are thousands of people who could do with a kind donation to do things like eat and buy clothes.  He was actually sitting opposite a charity for destitute street children of Vietnam. Stupid dropout.  Save up and then go travelling like the rest of us. 

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Comments

Jojo on

You were quite right - it does not make for good reading. How can life and dignity and the precious gift of family become so erroded,but I fear that we in the West have got ann awefullot to answer for.

debbie on

you should have taken his didgeridoo and emulated the beepy horn scenario xxx

rob on

hi guys

met you at the ninh binh guest house. cycled from hue to di linh through the highlands and am heading to mui ne tomorrow - really great cycling so definitely recommend you do this route if its not too late.

let me know if you pass through Mui Ne and we'll go for a drink. my email is treborsiwel@hotmail.com

Rob

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