#84 - flying to hanoi to meet up with habitat for humanity group!
Vinh Yen Travel Blog› entry 84 of 113 › view all entries
March 28th, 2009 – by: radrockyd
also, it was a pretty intense process with getting my visa upon arrival. at the lao airlines counter, they weren't satisfied with the approval letter i had printed out from an e-mail that jack from habitat for humanity had sent me. i had to go into an office & sign a paper telling them i realized i didn't have an actual visa on me & that if vietnam refused me, it was my fault, & not lao airlines.
so anyway, when we arrived in hanoi & headed to the visa on arrival counter, my heart was definitely racing. they are just so intense there & i was just hoping there wouldn't be any issues. turns out everything went super smoothly - got my visa, got my bags, found my driver, & got out money! wooo hoo!
then, on to vinh yeh.
i was definitely nervous about meeting up with a whole group of people after traveling on my own. i was excited to be in ONE hotel for a week & to not have to make any dinner plans or deal with any logistics, but it was just definitely going to be a switch from the solo travel thing.
when i got to the hotel, everyone was sitting in the lobby having beers. i was glad i had met a few people back in SF months ago before i left so at least there were some familiar faces. it was great to be there & meet everyone & get started on this part of my journey.
we all went out to dinner at a place a couple doors down from the hotel. a very fun intro to this group. this was the night that craig ate a chicken foot too. nice. :)
the next day, we went to the market first thing in the morning. i just love markets! i couldn't stop taking pictures of everything (as you will see here!)
we then had a team-building cooking class....very fun stuff. (and probably one of our most delicious meals on the trip!)
that night we had another big group dinner somewhere. they honestly all started to blend together for me. super fun meals, 17 people, lots of food , lots of wine drunk & rice served at the end. that pretty much sums up all of our meals!
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