No Way! We're in Hue!
Trip Start Oct 02, 2012
56Trip End Mar 31, 2014
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We disembark the train at 8am (although we were awoken at 4:30am by our cabin mates, grrrr) and walk out into the sunshine of Hue. We skillfully dodge all the waiting transport touts and head out onto the road. Ian has been studying a map of Hue and is confident of making it to the hotel on foot. Straight out of the station and the first thing we need to do is cross a bridge. We see it. Oh no, it's full of workmen and not crossable. Bugger. We consult the map again. Anna says we need to go right
Arriving in the hotel just after 9 (right on check-in time) we are offered breakfast as our room is being made ready. Following this we are shown to a room to shower and freshen up - as our room still isn't ready. The shower room is pretty grim with dirt and hair everywhere. Not to worry, we leave the bags and head out to have a walk around sunny Hue while they sort out a room. The hotel is really nice and the staff are very friendly, lets hope they can eventually find us a room...
We walk down to the riverside which has a long park running beside it. There's lots of greenery about and the park is filled with benches and stone sculptures. It is a peaceful contrast to the otherwise fairly busy city. We walk around the sculptures trying to avoid the boat-trip-touts and soak up the relaxed atmosphere. In need of a late morning beer after our long journey, we sit on the top floor of a huge floating restaurant, docked on the riverside, and survey the surrounding area
When we arrive back at the hotel after midday, we are kept waiting again until 1pm. We have been waiting four hours for our room now and the hotel finally upgrades us to a better room with a balcony and extra bed. We settle in and rest before venturing out after dark, in search of food. Here, in central Vietnam, we find an authentic Indian Resturant! We eat a belly busting curry complete with poppadums and naan bread before staggering towards home. On the way back we have to stop at a chemist. Not for Ian, he has fought off the horrendous Malaria attack, but for Anna, who is coming down with a head cold, sore throat, sniffles and all. It seems the last few weeks of travelling has lowered both of our immune systems, we buy strepsils and hit the sack.