Vietnam: separate ways but not for long
Cat Ba Travel Blog› entry 21 of 24 › view all entries
yo! r` u` donig folks? last monday when back from wonderful cat ba island me and my brother heiko were faced with a dilemma. basically , it was that i didn`t like to spend more days in hanoi. i just don`t like the place at all. pollution is rampant (most people go around with masks covering their mounths and noses). the traffic on the streets, as heiko mentioned in his last entry, is unbeliavble chaotic. it just took too much energy staying allert all the time for fear of our ass being run down by some uncosiderate centaurous. no monuments to see, no whorthy souvenir hunting available, no massagge; plus the temperature: only 20 something degrees. no thatks, by now i`m used to my 30 degrees :-) . problem was sara was arriving the day after and we surely didn`t want the poor girl suffering from jet lag taking an unconfortable 15 hours bus ride through the night.
one day while we were eating at an outside caffee reastaurant an old man all of a sudden started glaring at us for no apparent reason. after a few interminable minutes the old chap, in an angry voice asked us if we were americans. our NO answer reassured him and he gingerly walked away.
moving down south i`ve found the hot temperature i`d been caving for a while. i stopped at hue, hoi an and just this morning arrived in nha trang where in a couple of days i`ll be joined by heiko and sara. i haven`t been doing much activity recently. i`ve read the da vinci code book, which i find full of bullshits; i`ve done lots of sunbathing on the beach, plus i`ve been cycling a lot around the spectacular countryside and visited few UNESCO sites, like pagodas and tombs.
a funny thing happened to me in hoi an. basically, while i was on my rented bike cycling under the hot sun i decided to get rid of my t-shirt and uncover my hairy chest.
yesterday evening i left hoi an at 6pm. this morning at 5am the bus driver shouted that we had arrived in nha trang.
tomorrow i`m going on a boat tour to check out 4 inhabited islands . i`ve been told that snorkeling out there is quite good. hopefully i`ll be spotting a shark or some other beautiful marine creature.
that`s it for now