Suits You!

Trip Start Jan 16, 2009
Trip End May 26, 2009

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Hello y'alls

We did indeed kill time until the bus in Nha Trang by sitting in a bar and drinking coke and vietnamese coffee (which we're now quite addicted too, it's made with condensed milk and is awesome). The bus was was 12 hours 6pm till 6am and was not too horrendous, apart from the fact that bus driver spent most of his time on the wrong hand side of the road round blind corners, with a cliff on one hand side of the road, but that seems par for the course round these parts. We just tried not to look as it's terrifying.

We rolled into Hoi An at 6am and found the place was alive! People round here get up really early as it's obviously a bit cooler, we passed a primary school and a high school and the kids were flooding in at 6:15am! Albeit looking half asleep but still, we were impressed. We wandered around finding a hotel and trying to shake off this really annoying man on a motorbike who was determined we should go look at his hotel, but we didn't want to stay in that area as it was too far out of town but he persisted. He was following us for like 45mins, it was quite infuriating. Anyway we found a place (with air con again woo) quite in the centre and had a bit of a nap then went out for breakfast at a handy place next door to the hotel.

Hoi An is a beautiful place, during the war (which we are now experts on) both sides had an agreement to not bomb it which they both stuck to. Therefore its the only place in Vietnam which is actually ye olde style. It reminds us a alot of Pingyao in China which was stunning, this is quite similar, the style of the buildings anyhow. Also there's a lot of Chinese lettering around, a consequence of the main religion (which is kind of a hybrid of Taoism/Buddhism/Confucism) and the Chinese influences from back in the day. It's also a conservation town so theres strict restrictions on building and renovations and, unlike Nha Trang, the streets aren't covered in rubbish. Which is nice.
The other thing about this place is that there is about 500 tailor shops in the town. It's insane. So obviously we have had to had plenty of things made. On the first day we were here, which I (EW by the way) think was Monday we went into a random one to a get a dress made to test it all out. I had a pattern to copy of one of my mums dresses and Em just kind of made up a couple from the ones on display, one chinese style kind of thing and one little black dress. They turned out amazingly. So I also got one made for my mum as she sent me the measurements, although I'm not sure how well it'll fit as obviously we got to go in and see how it was and then they made some adjustments and we went back later.

On that first night we found the western bar of the town. It's actually pretty cool and is known as the Communist Bar. Hence the Che Guevara pic. We met a load of people and had a awesome night. On the Tuesday we went back for some dress fittings, we decided to go to another shop and get more stuff made, as the first dress was only $20 we thought why the hell not. So in this other shop I got a bit carried away and got 2 more dresses made and a suit (obviously for when I do all them job interviews when I get home....), and Emma got a suit (we do now have matching suits, we look awesome) and a shirt made. It was amazing, I have now got 3 fancy dresses and a suit tailor made for a little over 100 pounds. Bargin.  

Tuesday night we went back to the communist bar and chilled out with everyone we met the night before and ended up going to a beach party, which was ok, not quite the standard of the Thai islands, or even Nha Trang. On the Wednesday we found the beach, via a half an hour bike ride. It's the one all the Americans chilled out at during the war. It's really quite stunning. We've been making the most of it as it'll probably be our last beach on this trip :( Wednesday night we spent again in the communist bar with the group. It's a shame as most of the people we meet are heading south whereas we're heading north so we keep meeting and leaving people. Although here we did find Seamus again, he's the very ginger Irish guy from back in the Hong Kong pictures. So that was pretty cool, always fun when that happens.   On Thursday we went for another fitting of the second lot of dresses and theres one of mine that keeps being not quite right, the little woman is being really nice about it though and she says if it's still not right when later that day they'll redo the whole top half of the dress.

We've been quite lucky so far, there are some horror stories floating around about getting clothes made here, especially shoes. A German girl, Soli, who've been been with every night in the bar had some boots made here and although one pair was fine, even after going back there many times the other pair of boots still didn't fit her, so as she was leaving the next day she said she didn't want them, she couldn't even do them up so they were really crap. The man who made them came out and started shouting at her, saying "well we have the same size feet and they fit me". But she said she had really funny shaped feet, really wide so they just didn't fit. Anyway the woman in shop also started shouting at her and even pushed her, and she started shouting back and it all got a bit fraught. In the end she went to the police, not that they really cared but she kept talking to this policewoman and the policemen in the same room were getting annoyed at her cause she was interrupting them watching the football on tv (whilst lounging around in vests only), which is the only reason they helped her, not that they did much good but in the end after the shoe man coming to the police station and a lot more shouting and screaming she got the boots for a discount of about 8 pounds. Sucks really but she'd already paid a deposit etc. But she can't wear them so is going to have to find someone else who wants them. Ah well, like I said we've been quite lucky so far. Oh and don't buy shoes here, just a tip.   

Anyway Thursday afternoon we went back for the dresses and this time time everything was finished apart from one dress that I kept having issues with, this time they'd made the middle of it too tight whilst trying to correct an earlier problem of a bizzare looking seam. So we were told to come back again in the evening and it'd be taken out a bit. Thankfully when we went back that evening they'd sorted it and we could go to book a ticket out of here! It's been one of the places we've stayed the longest in as it's been 4 nights. But we've now got a ticket for for Hanoi which leaves today (Friday) at 2pm, so now we're just hanging around waiting for that.

Had a brilliant time here but looking forward now to moving on!

Love Emmas
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helenraywood on

Very glam
Your dresses and suits look lovely and you look lovely in them :)
(ER - do you realise you have chosen the same colour suit lining as Andy did on his HK suit? - you will have to compare on your return!)
lots of love xxx

clairey55 on

Looking good
Wow your really tanned!!! (I'm actually really really really white atm :( )

I love the clothes. They're really pretty :)

emmaandemma on

thanks mothers! (and claire)
We are indeed very glam :)

lizjonwill on

wot no more blogs?!!!
Enjoyed following your adventures.

look forward to catching up soon!


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