Bye bye Harold!

Trip Start Aug 07, 2011
Trip End Jul 14, 2012

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hey, it's Fran.

After another night train we arrived into Hanoi at 6am and grabbed a taxi to our hostel, Golden Time. Michael opened up early and greeted us with tea and breakfast again - such a top bloke!

As the hostel was full, we had to wait until 8.30am before we could get into our room and take a much needed refreshing shower. Usually we don't mind waiting too much but it felt like we'd spent soooooo much time in that reception area! The one good thing about it was that we could check our emails because we'd put an advert online on a website called 'Craigslist' to try and sell Harold. We'd arranged for our first couple to meet us at 9am so after a rushed shower we went downstairs to introduce Harold to his potential new family.

At 9am a couple from Canada came to meet Harold, Ariane and Nathaniel. They ended up buying him in the end and we were very happy with the $300 dollars we got for the whole package we gave them. If we hadn't have sold him on that day we would have had to sell him to a local dealer for $100 so it was a huge bonus! :0)

In the afternoon the weather was sunny so we went for a walk around Hanoi. We found a gorgeous little back alley which had a few stalls selling Bún (rice noodle in soup) where there were only locals and no tourists so we had lunch there with a nice cold beer. 

Afterwards, I wanted to buy some cheap pumps for Japan and Korea (I knew it would be too cold for flip-flops!) but we couldn't find anything at a reasonable price. It's so funny that most of our clothing is made in Vietnam but when you try to actually buy it here they charge more than at home! I miss shopping in London! 

Anyway, we found our way to the Thang Long water puppet theatre by the lake and bought tickets for the next day. By then we were shattered from our manic week of tours so we headed back to relax for the evening.

On Sunday 1st April we woke up super excited....this was our last day in Vietnam (and South East Asia) and we were finally off to see Japan! Woohoo!

We packed up our bags and stored them in reception before we went off to grab some food and see the water puppet show. The show was really inadvertently funny. There was one guy on the left who was a couple of seconds behind everyone else which made us giggle! The traditional songs they played were nice though and it was a fun final thing to do.

We had to hang around until the evening for our flight to Japan which was a little frustrating. We'd enjoyed Vietnam but found that some of the people weren't very helpful and more than anywhere else in Asia, people were out to make money from you. That said, there have been some great highlights too such as Harold, Hoi An, the Hai Van Pass and Sapa! We are definitely ready for another country though, so roll on Tokyo! :0)

See you in the Far East...

Mrs. Mahoney xx
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