Condiments and history in Hue
Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
124Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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To get there we had to take a motorbike taxi from our boat for a couple of kilometres. When we got back to our boat the drivers asked us for more money, as tips for good driving. Whilst we were arguing with them this group of women descended on us like vultures shouting, ‘you buy from me, you buy from me’ as they displayed their wares. Other women were miming drinking from a can shouting, ‘you buy for driver’. It was a right circus and clearly not one that endeared us to the sellers or encouraged us to shell out any of our money. If you ever visit this part of the world be warned and ready with a firm ‘No thanks!’.
That night we decided to visit a vegetarian restaurant that was highly recommended on Tripadvisor. The food was so delicious and creative. My favourite dish was sliced mushrooms cooked in a spicy sauce with roasted sesame seeds scattered on top. Divine! What was less divine though was this white paste they gave us to use as flavouring for our hot pot. Being the adventurous one of the group I decided that even though this horrible thing smelt awful it might be worth adding to my soup for flavour. It was not. At this point I should have put my bowl to the side and left it at that, but instead I forced this soup down thinking it might be an acquired taste. Bad move! If something looks rank and smells rank, DON’T EAT IT! I got terrible food poisoning and spent a horrible night paying the price for my adventurous eating. We ended up having to spend another day in Hue until I recovered, with me feeling extremely sorry for myself.
So we were really glad that we stopped off in Hue (apart from the condiment exploits) as it had a lot to see. I would say two days is sufficient to cover the place. The other interesting fact about the place is that it was the biggest town close to the old North / South Vietnam border. It was on the southern side and you can take tours to the old border line. I am glad that the country is now unified. I wonder if Korea will ever be as one?
Our next stop is Hoi An, a place that I have heard a lot about from Karen as she was there 3 years ago. I hope it lives up to the hype!
See you in some old colonial building!
Love as always, Paul & Karen
p.s. As you have probably guessed we are slightly behind on this blog lark. Hey, it's not our fault. Blame Ashley & Anna for showing us such a good time whilst they were in the Philippines!