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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Woke up about 10 and had already missed the kayaking. I had decided last night that the water was too calm and I didn't really care so thought sleep was the better option.

The Frenchies blanked us all morning so I assume we were speaking pretty loud about them last night. I didn't care. The way they had treated us the last 2 days easily merited the treatment they received. It seems the Irish guys had a run in with them as well last night over talking on his phone and he called them, as best the Irish do, pretty much every name under the sun.

So we were all pretty hostile to each other for the rest of the morning. The second we reached dry land and went to the restaurant, same food as yesterday, we went as far away from the others as possible. Don't think they wanted to be near us but they had only booked 2 tables so 3 of them had to join us.

Nothing was said the whole way back until by chance everyone but the Irish guys and ourselves had been dropped off, before we burst into laughter. I felt sorry for the guide as he thought he had failed us but we reassured him that we had had a great time.

Back at the hotel we were all ready for another night there but we ended up getting booked on a bus to Hue that night! Open ticket all the way from Hanoi to Saigon for only $20! That is an incredible bargain!

So at 6pm we thought the bus was outside waiting but no. We had to get on a bloody motorbike to go to the bus stop! I haven't been so scared in my life! If theres one place I didn't want to ride a moto, it's Hanoi as there are more bikes than I have ever seen!

I hadn't really planned to leave Hanoi so early and I believe it merited at least another day but we really have to move quite fast. I actually liked the city, but it seemed very French. All the buildings were French in design and most of the tourists were French. However I could easily have spent another day strolling round the lake or seeing a few sites. Maybe next time?

We got on the bus at 7 for what was to be one of the most uncomfortable journeys I have ever experienced.
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