Saturday, December 09, 2006

A Quick Update

Sorry that I haven't been posting as much as I wanted to. Its been go, go, go for the past few days. On top of that I didn't bring my laptop with me so I have to depend on Internet at Hotels or cafes. The Rex in Saigon wasn't too bad but the Shearton in Hanoi wants $1 USD a minute for a connection.

Anyway here are a few observations/highlights/thoughts:

  • If you get a relaxing message at the Rex Hotel - expect them to want to recreate the entire American journalist experience for you (more about that later)
  • The drive to the airport in Saigon took 50 minutes to go 7 km - those bloody scooters again
  • When we got there our 1130 flight had been rescheduled for 1100 - couldn't be delayed the way everyone says AC always is.
  • The flight was on a beautiful brand new 777 - very attractive and attentive service and a great flight - Vietnam Airlines is doing something right!
  • No I did not look at the dog being sold as meat at the market during our cooking school tour.
  • The drivers in Hanoi are scaredy-cat chicken-shits compared to the drivers in Saigon
  • People here are incredible - friendly and helpful
  • The Vietnam War is known here as The American War - depends on your perspective
  • The "Hanoi Hilton" is pretty bloody scary.
  • A little of the Water Puppet Theatre goes a long way.

Hope to have some pictures and something more tomorrow.

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