- We stopped a lot. Really, unusually a lot. It was nice though since we were both still sick. We seemed to pick up all sorts of random things and people including a ton of lumber and a package of rugs.
- We narrowly avoided paying double for lunch- it was included with the trip. I am proud to say I was the smart cookie that prevented that. The Japanese fellow traveling with us wasn't so lucky.
- Looking out the window at gorgeous countryside that was sadly filled with many craters (from the Secret War).
- The road to cross the border being almost uncrossable. The bus couldn't make it so we all had to get out and walk.
- This meant that we technically walked from Laos to Vietnam. Hehe.
- A Laos man comparing his passport with Matt to check their ages. We were shocked to discover that Matt was a year older (that guy must have a hard life).
- Constant honking, not at pedestrians or other vehicles as much as herds of water buffalo, cows and goats.
- Getting dropped off in the middle of some deserted street in Hanoi at 2 am and having to find a taxi and a guesthouse. We managed.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Hello From Hanoi, Vietnam
So I am working on getting things up to date with the blog and will be posting more about Laos but I thought I would write up a quick entry in real time. We arrived in Hanoi a couple days ago- we had an 18 hour bus ride from Phonsavan which was totally strange but not too bad. I made a short list (so I wouldn't forget) of strange things that happened on the trip: