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333 beer of Saigon

Well, we finally made it. Waiting at Saigon domestic airport, 333 beer in-belly, for our flight to Hue.

Updates may be sparse for the next week[1. I think I’ve scheduled a post tomorrow… no, wait. It was the previous post. About Gmail. ], but I know you can wait it out. I’ll allow you to stray if need be — 50km rule and all that — but I’ll expect your attention again starting next week.

Speak ‘ron
Barto

Day 1, Getting to Hué

  • Paperwork
  • Car, plane, wait, plane, car
  • The Shining
  • Tea which tastes of the milk after you’ve eaten all the Froot Loops
  • Cyclo x2
  • Rice crepes, spring rolls, pizza, 333
  • Followed by cyclo x2
  • Thwarted shakedown attempt
  • Refuse to go down for international power adapter
  • Sleep

Day 2, Hué

  • Tennis
  • Swim
  • Poached egg, toast, bacon, fruit, yoghurt, coco pops!
  • Gecko
  • Cycle
  • Citadel
  • Drink water
  • Cycle more
  • Drink more water
  • Phở “Kem”
  • Pool (with water)
  • Pool (with cues)
  • Rendang jerky, local beer no.2: Festival
  • Nina’s, local beer no.3: Hue Beer
  • Cyclo-free walk
  • Complimentary water
  • Sleep

Poolside at La Residence

Day 3, Hué to Hoi An

  • Wake
  • Phở, fruit, yoghurt, French toast, vegemite roll
  • Sleep
  • Tennis
  • Swim
  • Shana & Elias
  • Checkout
  • Walk, fall, blood, doctor, foamy disinfectant, bandage, ok
  • Local beer no.4: Huda
  • Banana crépe
  • Cyclo, peak hour
  • Swim
  • Goodbye to new friends
  • Hué train station, delayed, wait, wait, wait
  • Finally, train, air con
  • Vultures
  • Taxi
  • Disappearing gecko
  • Midnight burgers
  • Sleep

Day 4, Hoi An

  • Bumblebees
  • Crepes, cinnamon sugar
  • No WiFi in our room, ethernet plug in the toilet (!!)
  • Vulture laundry women
  • 9 pieces of bespoke clothing, shoes, mended sandals
  • $2.50 cocktails!!!, free wifi
  • A bridge
  • Conical headgear made from straw (x2)
  • More $2.50 cocktails
  • White rose wantons
  • Pool
  • Local beer no.5: Biere Larue
  • Sleep for 10 hours

Day 5, Hoi An

  • Vietnamese Independence Day
  • Cycle
  • Beach
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Local beer no.6: Saigon
  • Dancing dragon
  • Cycle home (I won the cow game)
  • 38 minutes x $2.50 cocktails
  • Hot pot
  • Balcony rats, geckos eating bugs, geckos eating geckos, piggy-backing toads
  • Storm
  • Temple Grandin, autism, cows
  • Sleep

Day 6, Hoi An

  • Massage
  • Cycle
  • Pottery barn
  • Cycle home (I lost the cow game)
  • Pool, omnivorous dilemmas, BBQ, beer, storm
  • Balcony, dilemmas of the omnivorous ilk, snooze
  • Sunset cruise (minus sunset), free-flow booze, canapés
  • Eggplant hot pot with pork
  • Room service banana fritters
  • 90 minutes I’ll never get back
  • Promises
  • Alarm set for 5:20am
  • Sleep

Day 7, Hoi An to KL

  • Wake, shower, dress, pack, checkout, 30 mins
  • Breakfast packs
  • Taxi to Da Nang airport
  • Fly Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh, babies crying in front, on left, and behind
  • Mediocre Airport phở
  • This is the waiting room
  • Fly Ho Chi Minh to Kuala Lumpur, babies crying all round
  • Quick exit through immigration, temporary Malaysian passports
  • Taxi home
  • Relax
  • Reply
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    Michelle

    Loved Day 3’s first three bullets.

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    Barto

    Yeah, was a pretty good day at that point.