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Planning a lazy start, resting, reading, but who knew announcements are made every day on loud speaker throughout the Old Quarter. Below is from someone elses blog who sums up the daily morning sermon.
'Its early morning and I have my first encounter with the local government. At 5am in my hotel, I'm awakened by announcements bellowing from a government loudspeaker out on the street. I recall how Robin Williams screamed out, "Good Morning Vietnam!", from his ...
... back to the hotel via a supermarket to grab some snacks for our overnight train trip. Lots of biscuits, crips and sweets to keep us going. We returned to the hotel and waited for the driver. At 6.20 they arrived and took us to the station. They had our tickets and we were shown to a waiting room, very busy. Then the doors opened and everyone filed through to the train. Our guide showed us to our carriage and beds. Very nice and not too cramped. ...
... everywhere. Our guide discussed an interesting corridor of turtle heads (or todos, as I first interpreted his very broken English), their significance getting lost in translation sadly.
Then on to the largest pagoda in Vietnam, beside the pretty West Lake. This pagoda was very impressive - a great architectural landmark. The entire grounds smelt of beautiful incense - it is hugely popular, with people visiting all day long to offer gifts of ...
... the English of one of the girls were pretty good). I must say it was actually nice to have this conversation and help them with their project.
While we finished the conversation the next thing happened on the bridge. A number of Vietnamese women in the traditional silk outfits appeared on the bridge for some photo-shooting. It was the first time I saw such outifts, I must admit they looked absolute stunning in them (for any female reader who don't like men who enjoy seeing ...
... the teachers before we arrived, but Harvey (the other new teacher) and I did our best to help out with the finer details. All of Harvey's ideas were terrible obviously, but despite a few frantic moments the day went swimmingly, we handed out the prizes and all the students went home happy. The older volunteers took us on our first team trip to Bia Corner, at 5000 VND (about 15p) a beer, this would become a regular haunt. The first week has been brilliant, I think I'm gonna like it ...