Citadels, Loc and a sky full of stars
Hue Travel Blog› entry 30 of 41 › view all entries
August 22nd, 2008 – by: semiperipatetic
I was lucky enough to meet up with my Vietnamese friends I had met in Saigon. We browsed the city on mopeds and then did a 25km ride to Vinh Tanh beach (where I was the only westerner!). On the way there we stopped at the city of tombs, an endless cemetery full of colourful buddhist, chinese and christian tombs where wealthy locals are buried. At the beach, we played with the waves and ate Banh Nam and Banh Bot loc. On the way back, surrounded by complete darkness, we stopped to gaze at the stars. Jupiter was at the zenith, followed by Saturn...
The next morning had an early start at 7:30 to avoid the heat while viewing the impressive citadel.
Once my friends returned to Saigon, I was left alone with my travel guide. After being shown around by locals for 2 days, I had no intention in opening it. I roamed the streets til I found the street kitchen we had eaten dinner the previous night. The cook there remembered me, smiled and gave me a plate of delicious noodles. I was given a second plate for free even though I insisted on paying. The two men sitting next to me, with their minimum english, were eager to converse and tell me about themselves and their families.
I feel foolish for having spent most of my time eating at restaurants. For the rest of my stay in Vietnam I will be eating at street kitchens. It doesn't get better than Banh Canh Ca loc with Che for dessert. The food is delicious, cheap and you get to meet some wonderful people.
I left Hue feeling really touched by the kindness of the Vietnamese.
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