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Vietnam

Today has been our strangest day yet. After a long lay in we headed to the bus station to buy our tickets for tomorrow’s journey. We used sign language and pointing to communicate with the ticket lady. Not many people speak English around here however they are all keen to say hello!! Our next stop was the A1 hill aswell as the military cemetery. We got to see the trenches and artillery used during the French/ Vietnam war. Next up was the Dien Biên Phu victory museum. Walking around we got to see various scenes of the war as well as many weapons and equipment. This is where the strange behaviour started. A group of 6 Vietnamese walking towards us in the Museum stopped in their tracks and stared at us like we were aliens. It was rather weird but we have experienced that quite a few time before. By the time we were done it was time for some lunch. Now you must be thinking none of that seems very strange. Well it didn’t get weird until we tried to find a restaurant. The first one was closed, the second didn’t serve food as the kitchen was closed and the third didn’t start serving until 5 o clock. We stumbled upon a hotel and managed to get directions to an area that apparently housed lots of restaurants. We didn’t actually find this area, maybe we took a wrong turn or maybe the receptionist just wanted us to go away so she could go on her lunch break. After walking around for what felt like forever we stumbled upon an ice cream parlour that sold fast food. Unfortunately the menu wasn’t in English so our first challenge was to try and figure out what was on offer, using Google translate. This proved rather amusing as many of the words translated badly. For example fried bullshit and chick car warehouse. Eventually we ordered some KFC fried chicken and sweet potato fries. What we got was a piece of fried chicken each (yup just 1 piece each!) and some normal chips with cinnamon sugar on them (no seriously, we were pretty amused). As we had a giggle over our lunch 2 of the waitresses came over and handed us their phone. They used google translate to ask us to take a photo with them. A little odd we thought but as they dragged us from our seats we didn’t have much choice. As we posed for the photos they were in fits of giggles. We felt like celebrities. We are unsure why they were so fascinated by us but it was a good laugh. As we had seen everything in Dien Biên Phu we decided to go to a mini mart and grab some supplies, included some pot noodles for our dinner. We spent the rest of the day relaxing in our room and watching Jurassic Park and The Flinstones. Tomorrow we leave Vietnam 😔. We have loved travelling around this beautiful country but we are really excited to be heading to Laos. A very early bus (6am) will take us over the border and onto a nearby town where we will spend the night. We will travel down to Luang Prabang the following day. As we are leaving Vietnam we will be creating a new post so make sure you check out the Laos section tomorrow. Bye for now, see you Laos. J & R x

Cambodia
Vietnam

Feb 12 2018 - Apr 18 2018

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North-Central Vietnam

Welcome home. Mabuhay! We're back in our home land. It's a strange experience over and over again to be back in a familiar place when you just came back from traveling from another country. In a span of 9 days, we've been to many different places, met a lot of diverse people and experienced a lot of new things. These are the reason probably why it takes time to process your emotions after traveling. Being shot back to reality and going back to daily routine is really challenging. Physically tired from the adventures, there's a lot of sleep to catch up and the stomach had to adjust to the normal food you've grown up to. Also, there are dozens of stories you want to share but it seems that there's not much time. You feel wanting to go back or travel to somewhere else instead. Yes they call it travel bug. Being a ‘traveller’ is a mindset that gains power with every day you spend on the road. Being displaced becomes a part of your identity. Being lost is your personal enlightenment. Travel has always been an exhilarating and important part of my life. Every phenomenal memory I have on the road has infinitely more to do with the people I was surrounded by than the actual place I was in. I love the cities I had whirlwind romances in. I look back fondly on the cheap, hostels where I stayed up all night talking and laughing with old and new friends. One realization I had is that if we were half as open with people in our everyday lives as we are with each other on the road, everywhere we went would be an adventure. When we travel it's normal to get caught up in the act of constant motion. What was meant to be a soul-searching journey turns into a series of famous monuments getting crossed off list. And in the midst of it all, it becomes all too easy to forget that constant movement isn’t the point of any of it. At the end of the day we’re all human and we’re all looking for the same core things – people who understand us, challenges that grow us and places that make us feel at home. Know that there’s a time and a place to keep going. Similarly, there is and there must be a time to stay put.

Philippines
Vietnam

Aug 19 2017 - Aug 27 2017

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Vietnam

Para salir de Vietnam rumbo a Camboya compramos un ticket de bus que cruza la frontera, en una agencia que quedaba en una zona muy turística. Preguntamos en un par y compramos los tíckets en una de las tantas empresas que hacían este servicio por un poco menos de 10 dólares. (era como un precio concertado). Renegamos luego de subir porque el chico que nos pidió el tícket nos pidió el pasaporte y nos dijo que teníamos que pagar 35 dólares para pagar la visa en la frontera.. cuando sabíamos que la aduana en verdad costaba 30.. No quisimos insistir porque nos daba miedo que terminen perdiendo nuestro pasaporte por reclamones, o nos dejen en el camino. Antes de subir al bus cambiamos toda la plata vietnamita que teníamos a dólares y nos aseguramos de no dejar ni un billete (compramos chocolates de todo tipo con el sencillo que nos quedó). Luego de varias horas en el bus, antes de cruzar la frontera, de pronto escuché el ruido de una explosión, luego el bus empezó a sonar raro conforme avanzábamos... se había pinchado una llanta. Miré por la ventana y estábamos en medio de la nada. Avanzamos mas de 15 kilómetros lentamente antes de encontrar un lugar donde cambiarla. Todos tuvimos que bajar.. creo que estaba haciendo más de 33 grados de temperatura y nos refugiamos bajo el techo del taller de mecánica. Se hizo eterno, debemos haber estado ahí más de dos horas, sudando y sudando. Teníamos agua en una botella pero estaba tibia.. también teníamos chocolates derretidos... no estaba tan mal hasta que la gente del bus empezó a comprar gaseosas al mecánico, que las tenía en una refrigeradora muy heladas.. nadie nos iba a recibir dólares.. y no teníamos como pagar las gaseosas.. qué mala suerte! tenía que pasarnos esto justo antes de la frontera?!!... Finalmente se arregló la llanta y el viaje nos tomó unas 10 horas en vez de las 6 planeadas.. aunque el cruce le la frontera si fué muy ágil ya que el chico de los pasaportes fué muy efectivo.. después de todo, su comisión para lo que cuestan las cosas en vietnam no era nada mala...

Dec 18 2017

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