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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong September 26th 2012

Work so far - Peter Before even starting to work in a school it was clear that this was not going to be like my usual classes. On my arrival to Hai Phong Nadine and I were asked to attend an opening ceremony of the new school year in the High school. Instead of a boring speech the ceremony was filled with songs and dances from the students, presentations of flowers to all teachers (including myself), and the students were given cash prizes for attendance, hard work and good grades etc (gotta love a bribe). Even short bursts of torrential rain did not dampen spirits as the ceremony was just continued the following day. For me the funniest part was when the students watching the acts began to grab flowers and present them to friends or ... read more
Watching students perform
Making an entrance
Parading around the yard

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh » Bai Tu Long Bay September 14th 2012

Picked up by Paloma Cruise & taken to Halong Bay. Bus was full as some had their trip cancelled the day before due to rough seas? Three & a half hour trip. There was another Aussie named Nigel on tour with us. He talked all the way up with my Vicki - non-stop. Hard to say who is the bigger talker. Vicki didn't help as she continually maintained the conversation. Nigel complained about everything, in particular being ripped off money wise. Mr pessimist. He even bought a brand new Nikon SLR camera, and he was disappointed with it - because he only had a standard lens. It would appear that he lost most of his money through regular visits to the brothels, and his lack of understanding of the currency. A regular aspect of his conversation ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong September 4th 2012

The city. A two hour bus ride is all it takes to get from the city of Hanoi to Hai Phong. Streets are still filled with street traders - food being cooked on the pavement, shacks at the side of the road selling things and canopies set up for streetwalk bars. As you walk down the street and look into the different buildings they are filled with everything, anything and nothing at the same time. We have no idea how people know where to buy certain things because it partially resembles a car boot sale in so many shops. We think that we will be sticking mainly to the shopping centre and the BigC. We spent quite a bit of time walking around the food section. At first glance it was a very "what the hell ... read more
Street side bar
The river near our street
Cat Bi Plaza

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong September 2nd 2012

DAY 1 After nearly 24 hours of travelling I finally touched down in Hanoi ... temperature - HOT. As I stepped off the plane I was hit by the sudden gust of warm air, and it wasn't the normal kind of warm, it was the type of heat that holds on to you and leaves you taking deep breaths to acclimatise yourself. As I got into the waiting taxi I immediately realised several things. Firstly, smiling and nodding at everything the taxi man said was the right thing to do, he was right (as he pointed at my belt) I am infact Batman. Next I realised just how crazy the roads are in Vietnam. There arn't many traffic lights, and they ignore the ones that are here, and the cars use the horns as a sort ... read more
Propaganda at its finest
A the lake
At the lake 2

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast August 6th 2012

Day 16 Teaching week starts Got up at eight, and showered ready for the next move. Today we are moving to Nam Dinh to do our volunteer teaching week. There are six of us in the group: Nadia, Britty, Hannah, Becky mad me. The rest of the group of the original 17 should now have arrived safely at Sapa to start their trekking week. I was thinking about them all last night, wondering how their overnight train journey had gone! I do hope it wasn't too bad for them all. I think some will find it harder than others. We all had breakfast before heading off into the local market to buy a bouquet of flowers for the couple who will be looking after us at the home stay. Without them, there would be no home ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Northeast August 5th 2012

Miesta, ktore sme planovali navstivit dnes sa nachadzaju pomerne daleko od Ninh Binh, preto sme sa rozhodli prenajat si motorky. Pri ranajkach sa nam prihovoril chlapik, ze kam ideme a ci nechceme sprievodcu, nakoniec sme suhlasili. Stanik dostal minutove rychloskolenie v ovladani skutra a vyrazili sme. Hlavnym cielom dna bol narodny park Cuc Phuong. Tu sme si presli 6 km okruh cez dzunglu a videli 1000 rocny strom. Cestou spat k skutrom nas nejaka miestna mnohopocetna rodinka uz dost jasne pod vplyvom pozvala na ochutnavku miestneho vina. Vino sa pilo cez jedinu velku slamku pouzivanu vsetkymi. Vyzerali velmi druzne, ale museli sme ich opustit a pokracovat. Dalsou atrakciou tohto parku je jaskyna prehistorickeho cloveka. Tato jaskyna bola naozaj zaujimava, pri troche fantazie sa dalo predstavit ako tu asi zili. V parku sa tiez nachadza zachranne centum ... read more
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NP Cuc Phuong
NP Cuc Phuong

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast August 4th 2012

Dneska sme sa rozhodli stravit cely den na bicykloch a objavovat krasne okolie Ninh Binh. Hotel sa na svojej vizitke chvalil najlepsimi bicyklami na prenajom v meste. Na bicykloch nefungovalo nic - ziadne prehadzovacky, svetla, brzdy sa dali pouzit maximalne na trubenie. Ale nevadilo nam to, aspon sme si trocha vyskusali ake je to byt miestnym. Po asi tak 10 minutach jazdy mi vyfucalo predne koleso. Stanik sa vratil do hotela a medzitym stratil mapu. V hoteli si vyzdvihol dalsiu, ale tu nasledne stratil tiez. Mapa vsak bola uplne od veci, vobec sa v nej nedalo orientovat, v podstate to boli rukou nakreslene ciary, takze to az tak nevadilo a vzdy sa bolo koho opytat. Krajina je tu naozaj krasna. Cely den sme bicyklovali okolo ryzovych policok, malych jazierok s lotosovymi kvetmi, kacickami a chladiacimi sa ... read more
okolie Ninh Binh - susenie ryze
okolie Ninh Binh
okolie Ninh Binh

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast August 3rd 2012

Rano sme vyrazili spat do pristavu. Akurat bol odliv a tak sme mali moznost vidiet mangrovniky a ich odkryte korene. V tento den sa nad vodou vznasal opar, ale neprsalo a teplo bolo stale rovnake. Potom sme cakali na bus, ktory nas odviezol do restauracie, kde sme mali obed. Po obede sme cakali na bus, ktory nas odviezol spat do Hanoia. Po prichode do Hanoia sme cakali na dalsi bus, ktory nas viezol do Ninh Binh. Povodne sme mali do Ninh Bing dorazit okolo 8, nakoniec to bolo o 10.30. Ale to je tu normalne, vsetci s tym tak nejak rataju.... read more
zatoka Halong
zatoka Halong
zatoka Halong

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast August 2nd 2012

Budik sme si nastavili na 6.30, ako odprucany cas na pozorovanie vychodu slnka. Akcne sme vstali, slnko uz bolo samozrejme davno hore a tak sme spali dalej. Po ranajkach sme vyrazili k ostrovu Cat Ba. Tento ostrov je naozaj velky, su tu cesty, chodia tu autobusy. Cestou sme sa zastavili v narodnom parku Cat Ba, kde sme vystupili na najvyssi kopec ostrova. Vystup nam dal poriadne zabrat. Nie tak kvoli dlzke, ako vdaka prisernemu teplu a dusnu. So saunou sa to porovnavat neda, toto bolo ovela horsie. Kym sme sa vratili k autobusu, tak vsetko nase oblecenie bolo uplne mokre. Popoludnie sme mali len pre seba a tak sme sa vybrali najst nejaku plaz. Chlapci skocili hned do prvej zatoky, ku ktorej sme prisli. V zatoke boli malinke lodky, na ktorych zili ludia a voda podla ... read more
ostrov Cat Ba - narodny park
ostrov Cat Ba - narodny park
ostrov Cat Ba - narodny park

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast August 1st 2012

Vlak dorazil do Hanoi okolo 4.30. Hned sa na nas vrhli taxikary, takze najst taxi nebol najmensi problem. Sofer nas zaviezol do nejakej tmavej ulicky a tvrdil ze je to nas hotel. Samozrejme ze nebol. Nakoniec nas odviezol kam sme chceli a napriek tomu, ze sme sa uz pri nastupe dohodli na cene, zacal vyjednavat. Nastastie /skusenosti/ sme si veci nedali do kufra ale mali ich so sebou v aute. Zaplatili sme na com sme sa dohodli a odisli. Chvilu sme cakali a uz pre nas prisiel autobus do Halong Bay. V meste Halong Bay sme prestupili na lod s nazvom Phuong Dong 06, ktora nas mala zobrat na plavbu po zalive Halong Bay. Tento zaliv je v UNESCO a je znamy svojou uzasnou sceneriou. V zalive je okolo 2000 z mora vystupujucich kamennych ostrovcekov porastenych ... read more
zaliv Halong
zaliv Halong
zaliv Halong




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