Published: July 31st 2012July 31st 2012
OMG! I am speechless- We are in Vietnam and IT'S exciting!
This morning we arrived at the Taipei airport at 5 in the morning, tired and feeling ok about the decision to fly cold turkey. From my experience the Taiwanese travel very quietly, everything always seems to be organized and stylish. The women dress impeccably and the men are suave. When I walk next to them in the streets I usually feel like a shlub. and nice shlub- but a shlub all the same.
We were flying to Vietnam via Vietnam Air. To my suprise, waiting in line for check-in was like being in the shuk on Friday. People were in line with all of their pekalach, big bags , little bags, bags without handles, bags that are held together with lots and lots of tape. People are cutting the line, and everyone is coughing. I am freaking out because the amount of coughing was scary it even was getting Jeff uptight. Finally we're off with the plane half empty and I started to notice about 4 GROWN MEN going from isle to isle trying out different seats near the windows -trying different areas of the plane all the
while making sure that the sterward wasnt in view. It was actually very cute to watch. It must have been their very first time flying. The minute we landed they were popping out of their seats laughing and yelling to their friends.
To top off our airport experience as we waited paitently and quietly for passport control (it wasnt more than 5 minutes) a young man did a chess horse move and cut right in front of me all the time pretending like it was a clear and understandable stragic move.. Well he met his match- I gave him one look, put out my hand and turned it in a half moving sweep as if to say " what's happen man - i think you're a liitle confused" within a second he was back where he started... waiting amongst the coughing.
We were picked up by the car service we had ordered in advance and with a nervous excitement Jeff and I both laughed and said: Vietnam here we come! Just forgot its monsoon season- rain everywhere, people - motorbikes flooded streets. Streets that are no wider than a small car and the place is hopping. We pass
by bright green rice fields, a hodge podge of buildings painted in beautiful colors ( i kept asking to they have city planning in this place) women with the straw hats walking around and rain and more rain.water is such a blessing but traveling by foot in it is going to be interesting.
We entered Hanoi- stopped on the way to meet our travel agent who was wonderful and off we went to our hotel room till we take our train for an 8 hour ride to Sa Pa for our small treck. For this small treck of 2 whole days we took 5 bottles of mosquito repelent, one big bottle of listerene, enough granola bars to feed and army it's a little out of control but it feels great.
When we arrived at the Sofitel hotel in the old city of Hanoi -we were greeted with a private reception in our room where this women signed us in privately in our room - where she proudly told us we had been upgraded- AMEN. no words - just enjoy the pictures.. Jeff and I feel like we are in a candy store:)
So we decided to hang
today.. we'll tour on Friday
There are more photos below