Last Day in Hanoi
Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
289Trip End Jan 25, 2009
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Strange enough I felt like this train ride. But the train was awful. I shared my compartment with Kenny, Bo and Nikki. Bo's plastic matress had dried blood on it, all of our sheets had pubic hairs on them, and the interior walls of the compartment were littered with graffiti. Nikki and Bo are outrageously fun and we laughed away the first 5 hours of the trip to Hue
This train trip was rather luxurious in that we could sleep in to 7... I have found arriving into foreign Vietnamese cities at 5am in the morning quite awful... but on this trip I awoke to a very, very strong and bland black coffee (which I spilt all over my bag, lower bunk beds and floor... cleaned up by the pubic-hair covered white sheet) and very sweet orange juice. I miss our sugar-free OJ in Australia... the OJ/lemon juice here has copious amounts of sugar added. The chocolate is also not as good... I miss our turkish delight made by Cadbury. The chocolate is quite bland here... does nothing for me.
On arrival in Hue, I was instantly attracted to the quieter pace of things compared to that of Hanoi. Hue has about 1 million people so a lot more relaxed to the 6 or so million in Hanoi. The architecture is also quite spectacular (French influence). The people seem to be friendly but the facilities are quite basic
I'm enjoying the group... but most of them seem to be on really miniscure budgets of $20 a day which is having an effect on where we eat and what we do etc. But it's good to get some tips off extreme budget travellers. I've been living it up a bit, which probably explains why I'm $1500 behind budget after 2 months of travel. But isn't that what credit cards are for???? And I hear that WA teachers are set for a massive pay increase (we can only wish!).