Published: August 10th 2012August 10th 2012
Day 20 - Final day in school -back to Hanoi
This morning, I just could not stomach the cold pancakes, so opted out of breakfast. Then when everyone had finished, the lady of the house brought them to me in my room! There was no getting way from it! I force fed one, then passed on the rest!
Before going to school today we bought books for the new school library and handed them over to the vice headmistress. Kids not too bad, but all they do is parrot fashion copying. I would suggest that there was very little comprehension or progress taking place......very frustrating!
After a drink at the Internet cafe, uploading of photos, and completing an evaluation form we went for our final lunch at the home stay before setting off with backpacks on our backs to the local bus stop. This bus will take us as far as Hanoi bus station; where will will end the journey in a taxi back to Real Hotel. I have just been stood for while, watching the fish in pond at the home stay.
In 5 days, I hadn't realised how many there are in there, or how big
they are! I was quite surprised. Kevin explained why every house has a pond, and to be honest we have definitely benefited from it this week. they have a pond to allow for all of the rain; to reduce the risk of 10 inches! We had a quick photo session with Mrs Tsin, the off we went for the bus.
When we got there the driver decided that our bags could not fit in the bus; which was ridiculous! The driver reckoned he didn't have enough room for our bags! Not to mention the two huge tyres, goodness knows how many sacks of rice...plus a load of rubbish, but we did as we were asked, passed the bags up on the top of the bus , and got on it. None of us were happy with luggage situation OMG.......What a journey back! The bag situation didn't last long as it started raining. We got Kevin on to it, and the bus was stopped so that our luggage finally came in the bus with us. It was a three and a half hour of agonising travelling. It was uncomfortable, bumpy, smelly and ........ totally worth it!
It was such
a good feeling to be back in Hanoi, which we are now calling home...LOL. Who would have thought I would regard Hanoi as home! But before we could relax, we had to fight our way through the taxi drivers, who attack you for your bags on sight!, the local people just googling!, the vendors, the fume spilling buses, taxis, mopeds and pushbikes...it was pure bedlam! Luckily, we had been put in order about all this by Kevin before we got off the bus. So we all grabbed our bags, eyes ahead and just followed him out. Then we jumped a couple of taxis and headed for home. Now back in Real Hotel with all of our luxuries, not that this would be luxury at home, but it certainly is in Vietnam! We had a really nice tea together, then going out for proper cake, ice- cream....and shopping...yayyyyyy
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