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Vietnam visa run

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Mangoes on a train

Off to Nanning to get our Vietnam visa. Well, eventually.


Going against everything I believe in, we boarded an overnight train to Shanghai, having nowhere to stay and no ticket out. We arrived shortly after 7am and stumbled into the ticket office, praying that there was a train to Nanning at some point! Thankfully there was one later in the afternoon so we decided to dump our bags and head out.

Vicious card playing
The left luggage section consisted of an old lady and a cupboard, and she wanted to see inside our rucksacks first. She got as far as the the mountain of dirty underwear at the top, and decided that actually she didn't really need to see inside at all, haha!! We went to the hostel we had stayed at before, as the weather was horribly hot and rainy, and we were exhausted! We made the most of the facilities, ate, drank and caught up on emails before heading back to the station just a few hours later.


The train to Nanning was 30hours. Also bear in mind that we had only just got off a 13hour train. What can I say about this journey....... we played cards, we slept, tried to order food, got laughed at, went to the loo on a squat directly over the moving tracks, read, generally it was quite an unpleasant experience. The food situation was bad, Sarah and I ordered chicken and rice.

Straight hair!!!!!!!
We thought it might be safe. Ok, picture a chicken. Picture the leg, not the meaty bit, the bit above the foot. Bone and skin. That was our food, bone and skin cut in a circular cross section of chickeny ankle. When a fruit man came round I literally pounced on him (much to his surprise and amusement) and we stocked up, peeling over ripe mangos with a pocket knife also wasted some time.......


We arrived in Nanning late at night and struggled to find our hostel. When we did eventually get to the room we were astounded to see a mammoth room with huge TV and en suite, for a fraction of the price in the big cities! We went the next morning to hand in our passports to a travel agent to get the Vietnam visa. They didn't even want us to fill out a form to say why we wanted one or where we were staying?!? It would take a couple of days to come back, so we set about exploring Nanning. Actually that's a lie. We walked around a bit, ate some food and watched a lot of the Olympics on the TV. Nanning doesn't really have much to offer apart from a million McDonalds, some line dancing on the street at night and lots and lots of staring men. When we were eating dinner one night we sat in the window and felt like we were in a zoo, it was pretty awful. Still, we had a few days to waste so took the time to wash clothes, shower, and even straighten our hair – how luxurious!!

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Mangoes on a train
Mangoes on a train
Vicious card playing
Vicious card playing
Straight hair!!!!!!!
Straight hair!!!!!!!
Nanning
photo by: davidfeng