...and then we bought boots.
Trip Start May 14, 2010
9Trip End Jun 19, 2010
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The weather here is unbearable, I've never been particularly good with hot weather but this is definitely off the scale. Today in Hoi An it was 38 degrees and about 100% humidity (OK maybe that one was a slight exaggeration) but it was bloody hot!
Since Tom last wrote a lot of important things have happened. Firstly, I got all my clothes tailored - a coat, a dress, 5 shirts and a suit! Tom got some too..(although that is clearly not as important) - just kidding, he got some shirts, a suit and a coat (and a dress for Hannah). The end result (after about 4 fittings where the clothes were sticking to us because it was so hot) was amazing and although Tom wasn't pleased with the amount of postage we were up for,we decided it was well worth it as it should (fingers crossed) beat us home and we can wear our beautiful new clothes straight the way
Secondly, but perhaps more importantly, I had some knee-high leather boots made. It was very exciting, I browsed through a million catalogues (just looking at shoes makes me happy!), then they measured my feet and then a day later I was putting on the boots that I had picked out which had been made especially to fit me! :) I wish I could have bought more but my backpack is a tad limiting in capacity.
After finalising all of our hand-made stuff we got a ride to Da Nang train station to catch our train to Hue. We had organised our train tickets through a travel agent on the side of the road in Cua Dai Beach or as Tom likes to tell taxi drivers, "Cao Lau Beach". This was rather funny to both the driver and I as "Cau Lau" is a Hoi An speciality dish with noodles. Tom later caught on to the joke. When we arrived at the train station there was no sign saying what platform to go to or really any signage in English so we sat down and waited. Eventually the place filled up with people and I got to chatting to a Vietnamese engineer who was making his way from Da Nang to Hanoi (returning to his parents). He was a nice man and he kept apologising that his English was bad, I told him not to worry because my Vietnamese was worse. He then got excited that I could speak Vietnamese, he was sorely disappointed
About 3 hours later we arrived in Hue and were greeted at the train station by 10,000 taxi drivers trying to give us a ride and 1 girl from our hotel. We got into a nearby taxi driven by a young guy who was trying desperately to pick up the girl from our hotel. In the end he gave Tom his number and asked him to put in a good word for him. 5 minutes in and we're already performing a dating service. We arrived at the hotel and were greeted by the staff, cold glasses of juice and some fruit and biscuits. However, to top off my love of this weather, the power here is particularly unstable and to conserve generator power at our hotel there is no air conditioning until later on so we have both had to have cold showers to cool off.
Tomorrow morning we will be heading off to explore Hue and will write again... Hope you are all well and that my rambling has not been too boring.
Reading Gaynor's blog, it would appear that we did nothing in Ha Noi except shop. While largely true, this is a slight exaggeration as we did find time in between Gaynor's shopping sprees to explore the town, the market, go for a boat ride down the river to check out the local fisherman and go to Cau Dai beach for an afternoon.
P.S. More photos are to come but our laptop is nearly out of batteries.