Big Fish, Little Fish, Cardboard Box
Hue Travel Blog› entry 15 of 95 › view all entries
Juliette, Rob, and I hopped aboard the overnight train to Hue. It was a mostly uneventful trip, consisting of us playing card games and sleeping. When we arrived we found a hotel room for the three of us and set out to the Old City Citadel... which was almost all ruins. Apparently during this "American" War I hear so much about we bombed the shit out of it (along with the rest of the country) and only a couple buildings survived. So it was a bit anticlimatic, but interesting to see. Hot as hell, though. Jeez this country might as well be one giant sauna. We booked a trip to the DMZ - Demilitarized Zone for those of you who didn't pay attention in History - during the Vietnam War. It's on the 17th Parallel and basically divided the country into the Communist/Anti-American side and the South/Pro-American side.
We then visited an old American base camp that was turned into a museum. The grounds even had actual helicoptors and tanks from the war. The museum of course was biased towards the North Vietnamese and almost every picture of an American held the description "look at the panicked Americans!" even if the guys were just sitting doing nothing. Interesting, but I guess it is their country. Even met a group of American Vets heading in which I thought was cool that they could return to these sights after all this time. On the way back we (well, the bus) picked up a Canadian lady, probably in her 60's, named Linda. That night the four of us went to dinner - it was so cute, she seemed so appreciative that we would ask her - and witnessed the most awkward lady-boy/old man date EVER.
Next stop: Hoi An, aka the custom-made clothing capital of Vietnam. Literally hundreds of tailor shops begging to make you dresses, coats, shorts, shoes, anything. I ended up getting a dress made, which was stupid because I sorta hate dresses and have no occasion to wear one for a very long time. The dress is cute.. but I kinda hate how it looks on me. It makes me look 12, something I'm good at without the help of young styled clothing. BUT when you get something fitted exactly for your body you can't exactly return it.
The night scene was pretty cool too. I met these two American (Americans! finally!) girls in the hotel and we headed out to a few local bars the last night I was there. At the Why Not? Bar we were told there was a free bus leaving for a beach party at 12:30. So we jump on board, overhearing a bunch of drunk English guys making fun of America - of course - which was actually pretty funny since it was good natured and one of the guys later apologized after realizing we were American. The beach party had a huge bar, dance floor complete with pumping electronica and flashing lights, and a pool outside. BUT GUESS WHO I SAW THERE! Jen and Paul from China! The ones I did the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek with! Maybe it was the 3 rum and cokes I had, but I was soo excited to see them.