Today i got up far too early

Trip Start Jul 07, 2011
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

After dragging ourselves out of bed at the unhealthy hour of 3am, we hopped in a taxi and arrived at the huge and shiny international airport, that has a name that sounds like sumthingbooomy.

After a short 2 hour flight we arrived in hanoi, we arranged for a driver to pick us up the airport, but had to wait a good half hour for our bags, which was boring.

hopped into our waiting car and adem nodded off while i looked out the window to try and soak in my first few sights of vietnam, first impressions are lots of honking horns and a sea of mopeds, literally a sea of them, i think i am going to try and stay on one side of the street only.

arrived at the hostel, loved our room, have a huge balcony all to ourselves, lovely lovely. and a BATH.


i just had a bath, lovely lovely bath! so happy.

we are staying here in hanoi for four days as we need to spend a fair bit of time doing planning and arranging, as we have no plans at all for the next month, and need to arrange boring things like flight, bus tickets, phone cards blah blah.

a little later on....

we went for a stroll to get some lunch after having a BATH. it is so hectic here. crossing the should be an extreme sport. it is not for the hesitant, you just have to go, and the dense sea of mopeds will part around you, but it is pretty nerve wracking, considering in england i am the girl who only crosses the road at the green man. there are no green men here. there does not even seme to be a traffic system! but it is quite fun really, each road crossing an adventure.

we stopped in cafe and sunk into the ever present tiny stools that seem to be everywhere here and asked if they did food, they didn't, but what they did was even better.

in thailand i really enjoyed sticky rice and mango, comes on a plate, rice in a heap and then the woman is saying sticky rice, yoghurt and mango, and i'm thinking perfect, when it was not quite as expected, it was a glass, and a spoon, with thick dense black sticky rice at the bottom, covered in yoghurt and slices on mango, and it was damn bloody amazing. i thought about it for the rest of the day.

we then wandered a bit more,and then just went over to a street vendor, and asked for two. we had no idea what the food was, we couldn't really even see it, we just saw seat, a fan and umbrellas, and asked for two.

what we ate, i am still not sure, but again it was great, there was heaps of rice, some sort of pickled cabbage and really nicely roasted chicken and then these two bowels that i had to get her to explain to me, they were both drinks, or broths...still not sure, one was fruity and one was basically chicken broth with loads of green leaves in...i didn't like that one, but the fruit one was great.

after this we were pretty tired, so we came to the hostel and had a mega nap. i woke up and boom, out of nowhere this ridiculous vertigo. i could not move at all, it is really annoying, it has happened a few times in my life before, usually after flying, i think it affects my ears badly sometimes, i didn't feel sick, i just literally could not move, but the room was moving constantly. when i tried to walk i quite enjoyed it as i felt like i was totally pissed, which is novel to a teetotaler like  me. but in short, i had to lie pinned to the bed, getting grumpier and grumpier, adem went to get food and i managed to mess up my proxy settings on my laptop, and had a mega strop about it when adem got back, but together we fixed it, but at the time in my head it was totally adems fault (even though he was not even in the building when I did too much fiddling!)

we ate our dinner in bed watching silly films from when i was a kid, relally enjoyed them despite the fact that they seemed to be spinning off about the room most of the time!

the soundtrack to hanoi is honking horns. HONK HONK. the drivers here just honk all the time!
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elaine on

A BATH&lt; A BATH. A BATH.....what it was the longest soak ever!!
Hope Hanoi is good place. Loooking forward to hearing all about it,ready for our visit. Don't forget the water puppet shows and have fun exploring all the nooks and grannies in the old town. Avoid the mopeds and have

dumbles on

What luxury. Does this mean you can be stood down wind of now?

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