Baatan Death March..whoops, wrong country

Trip Start Oct 10, 2008
Trip End Oct 27, 2008

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Overnight train to Sapa

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Friday, October 17, 2008

We head out to find the Hanoi Hilton ...the prison where John McCain was held.  It's a bit of a walk from our hotel (which is near a lovely lake in the middle of the city).  We make a detour through an alley market that sells all kinds of fruits, veg, meat...including roast dog.  Yes, we have pictures...but you'll have to wait on those.

We find the prison and it's definitely been cleaned up...and a large portion of it was torn down to create an office building.  The information within the prison is interesting and politically entertaining.

We wander out toward the University and check out the Temple on its grounds and chat with a guy who is working on his english and has one year left on his engineering degree.

We wander off in search of food.  We walk a LONG way....and end up at a whole in the wall restaurant where we have a great noodle dish.  As usual, we're the only foreigners in the place.  They're misisng out on some great food!

We continue to wander through the Old Quarter, around the Lake and back to the hotel to cool off, rest and Internet.  The heat and humidity is exhausting.

Tonight we get on an overnight train to Sapa in the mountains.  Here's hoping for cleaner air...the smog is killing my eyes.
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