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Trip Start Feb 25, 2004
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What is it with me and meeting a great bunch of people? If i fell out of a hotel balcony i'd land either 'on my feet' or in a deck chair surrounded by honies all eager to keep me well stocked with beer! So, now sharing a 2 bed room with James, Gary and Nicola - a top irish lass whom the geordies met in Vang Vieng.
'Oh no, stated one of the girls i was dining with in Vietienne. Her eyes caught sight of 2 lads who'd they'd met the night before and, as it turned out, they weren't too impressed with their choice of lines that had been used in the art of seduction. I then turned to gaze upon the lads in question and looked upon James and Gary - 2 lads, sorry, top lads
Ok, cultural bit. We have so far been to:- (these 4 snipits were written on the 17th august incase you get confused later on with the second to last paragraph)
1, Hanoi jail - they stress the point far too much that the american POW's were treated so well that anyone with an ounce of intelligence would doubt it
2, Ho Chi Mings tomb who, apparently, against the wishes of his will, has been preserved in a glass case for all to see (he wanted to be cremated). He looks like he died yesterday and the corpse enjoys (is that the correct term) a 3 month trip to Russia each year to maintain freshness (again, is that the correct term?) It's quite eary seeing him and disturbing to see locals forcing their kids of all ages to see the tomb. Many of the kids were in tears! I saw this in company with James, Sarah and Nic and of course, being in a situation where silence is the only accepted sound, we all got the giggles. not in a dis-respectful way. I caught james's eye and we both quickly looked away from eachother, both desperatly trying not to laugh. Then i heard a sniffle of laughter from him and i nearly broke. I returned his muffled laughter and we both had to take a few moments to compose ourselves. This wasn't aided when a guard approached us and kindly took us by the arm and assisted us to walk in the direction of the crowd. 'Oh, i thought i had to walk against the crowd so thank you so much for showing me' They really do treat you like kids! I later asked another guard which way i had to walk and he again, showed me to continue walking with the flow
3, Statue of Ho Chi Ming - see attached photo
4, Ho Chi Minh Museum - again, a comical visit for Sarah, James, Nic and I. En-route we crossed a bridge over a pond. It began with me encouraging fish to fight eachother. Having purchased some journey bread earlier in the day, i decided to feed the fish. There was a crowd of about 40 locals on the bridge watching all manner of fish swim around about 6 foot below. So, i threw in a few crumbs and the fish went crazy for it. Encouraged by the group, the crumbs became the size of small pebbles making the fish go even crazier. Seriously, big fish were flipping smaller fish up and out of the water! Don't worry, they landed back in the water. I failed to notice the approaching security guard who had heard the commotion, so i threw in a piece of bread the size of a fist!!! I didn't see what happened but heard the large splashing sounds of the fish fighting for the food! So, the museum, weird to say the least. Very oddly laid out with sculptures of huge pieces of fruit. We were not impressed with this and left shortly afterwards.
So, now in Hanoi and have partied hard with the Geordie lads, making an abundance of friends along the way...
4) Delicious - this one is particually important in restaurants - bigger servings upon re-visits
I can now say all 4 words in about 4 asian languages and it help immencely!