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  • Day163

    Good morning (or is it night?) Vietnam

    February 16, 2017 in Vietnam

    After travelling 14,900 miles, two journeys >24 hours and visiting 7 international airports in just a few days since San Jose, we are now in Hanoi, Vietnam. We arrived on Wednesday evening and have spent a couple of days exploring the city and trying to recover from our jet lag. The jet lag is proving more difficult than Costa Rica - our own fault for arranging a schedule that traversed 13 hours of time zones in 5 days I suppose (UK is 6hr ahead of Costa Rica & Vietnam is 7hr ahead of UK)....

    On our first day in Hanoi (after having woken up at 2.30am) we wandered around the old quarter, exploring the streets and learning how to cross the road. I have never seen so many mopeds in my life (it makes Italy look positively tame!) and you need some nerve to cross the road, especially with a 4-year-old in tow... Every street has a theme, with shops mostly selling the same type of thing - so far we've seen silk street, toy st, moped repair st, jewellery st, jade st, light st, hardware st and noodle st, amongst others. Our hotel is near Hoan Kiem Lake, so we walked along the lake shore and also visited Ngoc Son Temple, which is on an island in the lake and you get to it by walking across a picturesque red bridge. The temple gardens were small but a lovely tranquil haven from the bustle of the city, with beautiful bonsai trees. We sat by the lake eating a snack after the temple, when a group of local secondary school children asked to interview us about New Year for a school project (see picture). They found it hilarious that we don't wear any special clothes or eat any special food at new year! It was interesting talking to them. In the afternoon we went to see the water puppet show, thinking it would be a great thing to do with Solana. Unfortunately she fell asleep in the sling on the way there and when we woke her up to see the puppet show, she was scared and didn't like it! A shame because it was actually quite good and I ended up missing most of it... Solana fell asleep again later in the afternoon; we tried to wake her for dinner but she was so tired she was unrousable, so we ended up taking her out asleep - she slept through dinner and the walk back!
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  • Day136

    Good Morning Vietnam...

    July 29 in Vietnam

    ... and goodbye Hanoi! Leider ist morgen früh auch schon unser letzter Tag! 😫
    In einem diesmal nicht ganz so komfortablem Minireisebus führte uns unsere Vietnamreise heute Abend von Halong zurück nach Hanoi. Dort hatten wir extra ein Hotel gebucht, das ganz in der Nähe der bekannten „Train Street“ bzw. Eisenbahnschienen liegt, die MITTEN DURCH Wohnviertel, Cafés und Läden verlaufen. Sonst spielt sich hier der Alltag so wuselig und stressig wie in allen grossen Strassen und kleinen Seitengassen der Altstadt Hanois ab. Doch kurz bevor ein Zug kommt, werden rasch alle Stühle, Tische und Verkaufsgut von den Gleisen geräumt. Die Schranken werden noch per Hand vom Bahnpersonal geschlossen, was jedoch die meisten waghalsigen Mopedfahrer trotzdem nicht davon abhält die Strasse zu überqueren. Dann hört man ein lautes Hupen des sich nähernden Zuges, seine Scheinwerfer beleuchten die Häuser in der engen Wohngasse, durch die sich die Wagons gleich bahnen. Und dann düst er auch erbarmungslos mit ca. 40 km/h an allem und jedem vorbei. Alles bebt, es windet und staubt, es ist laut. Der Nachtzug rast nur 1m von unseren Körpern entfernt an uns vorbei. Es stockt einem der Atem. Nervenkitzel pur!
    Uns war zuvor gar nicht klar, ob wir den letzten Zug um ca. 20:30 Uhr überhaupt zu sehen kriegen würden, da unser Bus aus Halong erst um 20:15 in Hanoi ankam. Doch dank eines furchtlosen „Formel 1“ Taxifahrers, der das Hanoi’sche Strassenlabyrinth wie seine rechte Hosentasche kannte, und etwas Verspätung des Zuges hatten wir Glück und konnten das Spektakel hautnah erleben und filmen. Ein wahrlich prägendes Erlebnis in Vietnam! 🚃💨🌪😲 Und dann gleich 2x innerhalb einer halben Stunde, weil wir an einem anderen Gleisübergang gleich noch den in die andere Richtung fahrenden Zug erwischten.

    Die Zeit vergeht einfach viel zu schnell, wenn man so viel erlebt und wir mussten uns am nächsten Morgen leider leider schon wieder von Vietnam verabschieden. Also auf geht‘s zum Flughafen und ab nach Indonesien. Gerne wären wir länger geblieben und hätten noch die Küstenstädte wie Hoi An entdeckt. Doch gleichzeitig freuen wir uns nun darauf, Raphael und Steffi in Lombok anzutreffen.

    Trotz Regenzeit hat das wenige vom Land, das wir sehen durften, seine volle Schönheit gezeigt. Wir werden die viel zu wenigen Tage hier mit den folgenden Bildern im Kopf und im Herzen bewahren. Besonders in Erinnerung bleiben werden uns dabei
    - unsere Gastfamilie Xinh und der Alltag auf einem Floating House;
    - unser Gastgeber Lan, der uns bei Rückkehr als verheiratetes Paar mit Kindern eine kostenfreie Nacht in seinem Hotel versprach;
    - die Erkenntnis, dass hier die Strassen UND Fussgängerwege den Mopeds gehören und sich dennoch so viel soziales Leben, Essen, gemütliches Beisammensein auf genau diesen hektischen Wegen abspielt;
    - der Anblick von lustigen „Reishüten“ überall;
    - die farbenprächtige Halongbucht, wo man auf Menschen traf, mit denen man mit Händen und Füssen kommunizieren musste, aber auch auf solche, die anscheinend selten Blondinen zu Gesicht bekommen und Fotos mit Maggi machen wollten;
    - Sauberkeitsstandards am anderen Ende der „Japan Skala“; 😉
    - und mit Hanoi eine Metropole zwischen wachsender Moderne und wunderschönen Kolonialbauten, die an die französische Besatzung erinnern.
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  • Day44

    Day 44 - Hanoi Again/Last Day in Vietnam

    October 23, 2017 in Vietnam

    Today was pretty uneventful. Besides the shuttle back to Hanoi this afternoon, we didn't do anything too exciting. The highlight of the day was definitely our return to the restaurant where we had the best pho ever. We each got an order of beef pho and we split the vegetable spring rolls. I had a fresh mango juice and Tim had a fresh orange carrot juice and a beer. It was all delicious!

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  • Day9

    Rückfahrt nach Hanoi

    October 15 in Vietnam

    Heute morgen haben wir noch eine Fahrradtour gemacht um festzustellen von wo der Bus zurück nach Hanoi abgeht. Es war so heiß das wir nach ca. 1h aufgegeben haben und die restliche Zeit auf Balkon und Zimmer verbracht haben.
    Es gab ein wenig Aufregung mit dem Rücktransport weil unser Hotel dachte wir würden abgeholt was aber nicht der Fall war. Das E-Taxi hatte ich zwar bestellt aber siehe oben. Wir sind zwei Minuten vor Termin angekommen, dafür aber schon nach drei Stunden wieder in Hanoi gewesen.
    Unterwegs gab's zwei Unfälle, wir hatten uns schon gewundert wie das bei der Fahrweise so gut geht. Unser Gepäck haben wir am ersten Hotel wieder abgeholt und warten gerade noch 1h bis es zum Bahnhof geht. Mal sehen wie die Schlafwagen hier so sind.
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  • Day9

    SE1, Nachtzug nach Hue

    October 15 in Vietnam

    Wir sind eine Stunde vor Abfahrt auf dem Bahnhof, der Zug steht schon bereit und wir können das Abteil beziehen. Wagen 8 Bett Nummer 17 und 18, unten, wie bestellt. Der Zug ist schlicht und funktionell, mal sehen wie die Nacht sich anlässt. Wann wir genau da sind steht nicht auf dem Ticket, na ich denke verschlafen werden wir nicht.
    Die Ankunftszeit steht auf der Tabelle neben der WC-Tür : 10:52-10:59h.Heute nacht war der Schlaf eingeschränkt, wir waren zu viert im Abteil und die Klimaanlage lausig kalt und nicht zu regeln.Auch den Mitfahrern war es zu kalt.
    Ausserdem fährt die Bahn auf Schmalspur, das bringt ziemlich unruhigen Lauf.
    Aber wir haben es überstanden und sind nach 11:30h in Hue angekommen. Der Taxifahrer wollte das Doppelte vom Taxameter und war stinksauer als wir nur den Taxameterpreis plus Trinkgeld gegeben haben.
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  • Day33

    Day 33 - Hanoi Arrival

    October 12, 2017 in Vietnam

    What a long day...or was it 2 days?! We didn't sleep at all on the 10 hour flight from Rome to Bangkok...arriving at midnight Rome time, 5:00 am Bangkok time. Then, after a 2 and a half hour layover and a 2 and a half hour flight (with a little sleep), we arrived in Hanoi at 10 am local time. We got our Visas, got a taxi, and went straight to our hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, right next to Hoan Kiem Lake. Fortunately, we were able to check right in. This hotel, Golden Moon Hotel, had the nicest room we have stayed in the whole trip. It is one of the nicer hotels I have ever been in. And it's $25/night, which is actually our most expensive accommodations in Vietnam. We set down our luggage and took a much needed 3 hour nap. We could have slept the whole day away but we knew we needed to adjust to the time, so we forced ourselves up around 2:00, took showers, and went out to check out Hanoi.

    Hanoi is insane!!! The roads are wild, filled with motor scooters, pedestrians, construction, street food, children, and even a few tourists. We had fortunately seen some random Facebook/YouTube videos on how to cross the street in Hanoi before we got here (basically you just walk across slowly and the vehicles avoid you). If we hadn't just spent a few weeks in Italy with those crazy roads and drivers, I'm not sure we would have had the courage and confidence to do it. But we seem to have figured it out.

    Our first stop, of course, was a pho lunch at a busy street vendor. YUM! It was so good (and $3.75 total for both of our meals). Hanoi is known for having some of the best street food in Asia and that is one of the main reasons we are here. After pho, we wandered the streets a bit until we found our way back to our hotel. We relaxed for a bit and I was about ready to call it a night, but Tim was somehow hungry again. We found a restaurant a couple of blocks away. I wasn't too hungry, but we got a couple of passion fruit mojitos, a couple of beers, and split veggie spring rolls and a chicken curry dish (all for under $15...which is actually very expensive here). The meal was pretty good, but I think we will stick to street vendors for the rest of our time in Hanoi.

    Now, some reading, and then probably 12 hours of sleep!
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  • Day34

    Day 34 - Hanoi

    October 13, 2017 in Vietnam

    What a great day...Hanoi is awesome!

    We got to bed pretty early last night but knew we needed at least 12 hours to catch up on sleep. We got about 10 hours, then woke up to eat the free hotel breakfast (pho and fresh fruit!) and then got another couple of hours of sleep and relaxing before we set off for the day.

    As soon as as we left the hotel, we saw a crowded little food stand selling chicken on a stick and decided to order two. We accidentally ordered two full meals to go - chicken, vegetables, rice noodles, and broth, all for $1. We found a bench at Hoan Kiem lake and ate our lunch there. The chicken was amazing!! Then we went into a temple over the bridge in the middle of the lake (I had to borrow a "costume" to cover my bare shoulders). After the temple, we walked around the whole lake and then started wandering through the busy streets for hours and going in several little shops. Since we recently decided we love Chess, we bought a cool little stone Chess set, and found an outdoor beer bar to sit down and drink and play. We hung out at this bar on the corner of two wild streets and played Chess and drank beers for awhile. Then we went out for a pho dinner, came back and played a little more Chess, and now we're about ready for bed. We have an early bus in the morning to Sapa!Read more

  • Day164

    Hanoi

    February 17, 2017 in Vietnam

    We started the day at 1am when Solana woke and couldn't get back to sleep - we all finally managed to drop back off around 5am, only to struggle to get up again at 7... We got a cyclo taxi (like a rickshaw) to Ho Chi Minh mausoleum site in the morning. The ride itself was fun, if a bit hair-raising with traffic coming at us from all angles at intersections! We got to see Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts, the one pillar pagoda and some lovely gardens with plenty of bonsai trees and koi carp swimming around. There was a nursery trip visiting at the same time too, which was cute to see. We have seen a bit of wildlife so far in Vietnam, although nothing on the scale of Costa Rica - bird count now about 7 and mammals 3 (black squirrel, bat and rat!).

    In the evening we went out to the night market, where we enjoyed wandering round the stalls (with Solana in the sling on Laura's back so she didn't get lost - it was pretty busy!). We invested in a neck pillow for Solana, to help her sleep on buses, trains, etc - hoping it will be a good investment of 100,000 Dong (about £4)! We also ate at an open-air restaurant there - tasty fried beef noodles, cooked on a little burner outside - 2 dishes plus beers for about £6.50 (which would have barely bought us a piece of cheese in Costa Rica!). Solana managed to stay awake until around 8:30pm and we re-packed, ready for our trip to Halong Bay.
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  • Day169

    Overnight train

    February 22, 2017 in Vietnam

    Tonight we got the overnight train South from Hanoi. The train left Hanoi station at 7:30pm and took 13.5 hours to reach Hue just before 9am. The journey was fun and felt like a bit of an adventure in itself. We had 3 bunk beds in a cabin of 4 - 2 bottom bunks and a top. We loved seeing the world go by outside our window as we went along - city life in the evening and rural life in the morning. We liked the train toilets significantly less - but needs must.... A random Vietnamese man was in the other top bunk for part of the journey - his phone kept ringing during the night, so we were happy when he got off at 1:30am! Solana slept pretty well - from 8pm until 5am. We slept less well, between the ringing phone, waking up each time the train stopped and worrying that I might fall out of the top bunk! In the morning we borrowed the train guard's kettle and made cups of tea and noodle pots for breakfast. £81 for all 3 of us to travel by sleeper train approx. 400 miles in 13.5 hours - not quite Shinkansen speed or perfection but a fun way to travel, see some of the country and saved us a night's hotel accommodation too.Read more

  • Day38

    Day 38 - Back to Hanoi!

    October 17, 2017 in Vietnam

    Wow! Has it really been 38 days?! This trip is flying by. But, at the same time, it feels like a lifetime ago that we were getting on the Greyhound in Richmond to head up to JFK back in early September. I could stay in Hanoi forever. But I also miss my cats. And everyone and everything else. But I'm also not even close to ready to come back.

    Anyways, today we traveled back to the amazing Vietnam capital, Hanoi. We relaxed in our hotel room in Sapa until check out, then we ventured out to lunch. Our entire time in Sapa, we had been watching groups of people eating a dish called a hotpot. We wanted to try one but they seemed to be best split between 4-6 people (or more) and we weren't sure if we could find a smaller one. We couldn't, but we got one anyways. We decided to go with a salmon hotpot (1 kg was the smallest they would let us have!). About 5 minutes after we ordered it, one of the employees walked into the restaurant with a grocery bag that had a giant flopping salmon in it. Talk about fresh! Then, about 10 minutes after that, they started to bring out the food - a small tabletop stove with a pot of broth (water, herbs, onions, pineapple, and so much more), a plate full of the entire raw salmon (filleted), potatoes, carrots, greens, noodles, tofu, and all sorts of sauces. We devoured almost all of it, over the course of a couple of hours, along with a few beers.

    We headed back to our hotel to pick up our bags and wait for our van to pick us up to take us back to Hanoi. The van ride back seemed to take forever, but we made it back, got dropped off at the wrong hotel, walked the quick few blocks to the right hotel, and checked in to another amazing hotel right in the center of the Old Quarter. Then we set off for dinner. We finally got a pho that is possibly better than our favorite spot in Richmond, Pho So 1. A couple have been close, a couple have been worse, but this was definitely the only one that is as good or better. We will certainly be back.

    Now, bedtime. A long day of Hanoi exploring and eating and drinking tomorrow. Can't wait - I love this city!!!

    (Only pictures today are off our awesome hotpot lunch. Unfortunately my phone was dead for our late night Hanoi wandering and pho dinner.)
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