Communication challenges, flies and sticky heat
Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
86Trip End Jul 27, 2011
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Over breakfast at NGA Hoang hostel (one of my favourites on this trip by the way), I notice that the staff does not react to 'hello' or ‘excuse me’ when you need their attention. But they will look up if they hear one of these 4 words: Coffee, tea, scrambled, fried. The challenge remains that unless you actually want one of those things, any further communication attempts are futile. This is the way one tries to communicate with Vietnam (and most neighbouring countries in fact) and its service industry. So my next two days' trip experience is a result of just another communication battle.
The Mekong Delta day trip is little more than a promotional trip with too many stops at local ‘production’ facilities you can shop at or lunch spots you can buy souvenirs at or loo breaks you can also shop at
I make a fuss, but really I am getting a kick out of these wack rides. On the bus there is a TV screen above the driver’s row. They are showing ‘Celebrity Dancing’, a Vietnamese / part English version of ‘Dancing With The Stars’. The professional dancers are international, some I know from ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. The amateurs are local celebrities. I love it! Me and the lady next to me are practically leaning on each other so we can both see the screen.
My adventure-ism fades a bit when I arrive at my hotel. The city and the hotel are filled with clouds of flies, like I have never experienced before
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