battling in nam
01.12.2013 - 06.12.2013 22 °C
Vietnam for us, is not all it's cracked up to be. The local people are rude and I cannot wait to get away from the sound of spitting and phlegm. It's repulsive! We were so excited to see Vietnam but so far, it's been cold, rainy and most of the time boring. It feels claustrophobic because I can't even go for a run. There's no path, people drive all over the road regardless of what side they are supposed to drive on, and they never EVER brake. I rented a bike yesterday in Hoi an for a dollar which was good, and we rode to a close by beach, but it is so dangerous because people overtake on the wrong side of the road whether there is room or not and it is infuriating. Nobody stops at a big crossroads, so you get everyone ramming into each other and crossing in front of each other on the wrong side of the road, sometimes with a whole family on one motorbike. I don't see the charm in these places, I just see stupidity to be honest, and I have seen a few accidents. Shopping is impossible because you're greeted by an overly keen (usually coughing, sneezing or nose picking) woman who follows you from the second you get inside, pointing at every item they sell and trying to force a sale on you. We tried to leave one shop yesterday for dinner and this woman was demanding to know where we were going and telling us 'no, too early for dinner you stay here you buy something'. What?! Some other woman tells us we are her first customers and gives us a sob story, but when we tries to haggle an overpriced camera case she wouldn't budge. We met a really cool artist who we got chatting to about his work but then he got really pushy about buying something and we couldn't get away, which makes me think no wonder they can't get a sale! These people go from pushy to rude immediately and it's just plain uncomfortable. The journey here was horrible because the bus was late by an hour, then we got a cockroach infested sleeper bus which literally was crawling so I didn't get any sleep at all. That's the bad stuff.
The good things we have experienced in Hoi An would be this little restaurant we found on the waterfront. Beautiful food and a nice service. We have seen loads of cute animals, and on a stop during our bus journey we met this really cute Alsatian cross puppy and played with him for a while (I know, I know- don't stroke the dogs but this was super cute!). It sounds really negative, but we have decided to flee Vietnam and go straight to Bangkok by plane tomorrow, spend a few fun filled days there, and then down to the islands for our last weeks where we can catch a tan, have a few drinks and do what I really had my heart set on-diving. I could dive and snorkel every day for the rest of my life, I honestly think it's the best thing ever! And I can't wait to get there. I'm just picturing blue water, white sand and hopefully sunny days. Even if the weather is bad, at least I can go running and have a bit of space, and hopefully we can stay in a hostel and meet a few people.