Vacation means reading, and even if the Queen Herself had a packed schedule for us, I managed a few books;
It is nice to be away, it’s also nice to be back home, especially when your neighbour have been by with breakfast food so you can have a cup of Swedish coffee and sandwich.
Travelling home also meant a 30 degree drop in temperature and I had to scrape of the ice from my bike before heading to work. Just a tad bit different than the past two weeks.
Work was semi efficient, I managed to clear my inbox at least. I left a bit early due to pure tiredness. To avoid going home and crash into bed, I did a pit stop on the corner that this eve had live music. It was nice to chill for a bit
After dropping of pressies with the neighbour I then went home and dug into the big box that was placed outside my door.
I had some problems with my food delivery this time around. I was expecting a box delivered yesterday, then I found out that I had missed out on cancelling the one for today. So I thought that I would have food overload. Luckily enough, there was problems with the delivery yesterday so that food didn’t arrive. Sometimes things just work out.
Dinner was thus meat paddies in pita bread with hummus and salad, yum! I even managed to stay awake until ten pm, wow!
After sleeping, walking around, sleeping and then walking some more and yes, finishing my last book! I got me a new book and some breakfast before it was time to get on my flight.
It was a quite empty plane so I had two seats to myself and could therefore lie down moat of the time, sweet!
Then came Düsseldorf and also here I had an redicolous amount of eight hours before my connection to Copenhagen (seriously crap planning!!!). Luckily enough I have a friend in Essen which is about 25 minutes on the train from Düsseldorf airport and she didn’t have any plans for this afternoon. So I jumped on the train and headed there.
We sat down for a drink, my last vacation beer.
After talking for a few hours we headed out to the Christmas market (me wrapped in an airplane blanket as I had no warm winter clothes with me) and had a look around before she dropped me back at the airport.
My final flight went without a hitch, at least to my knowledge as I slept the whole way. My luggage was one of the first to arrive (guess the traveling Gods took pitey on me after the long trip) so I could walk almost straight on to the train heading to Malmö.
Arriving on the Swedish side you nowadays have to show your passport, it’s a strange feeling and it kind of feels like the Europe I left two weeks ago isn’t the same as the one I now arrived back to. So much have happened.
At least I made it home and can sleep in my own bed tonight.
Peace out ma peeps!
One could think that with all the traveling I do, I would know to check the times of the flights when I book and realize it’s worth the extra money to have shorter times between connections.
This day started in Ha Noi where we had a bit of sleep in before breakfast. Banan pancakes!
I then had time to watch Ritchie Ritch on TV before having a shower, finish the rest of my packing and check out and getting in to the car for the airport. I’m gonna miss being picked up in cars when I get home.
The first flight took us to Ho Chi Minh and came with a light snack.
In Ho Chi Minh there was a last goodbye to Vietnam before getting on the flight to Abu Dhabi.
That’s where I am now, I walked the Queen herself to her gate, she obviously paid more than I did for her flight then I did so she’s already in the air while I have another six hours before my flight for Düsseldorf boards.
Enjoying a coffee while charging my phone…fun times.
The train arrived silly early in the morning and this time there was no coffee waiting for me when I woke up. We also didn’t have pick-up sorted, instead we had to find a taxi to take us to our hotel, where there was coffee!
When you arrive silly early there’s usually no room available for you, instead we dumped our things and headed out trying to find some western brekkie as both of us is feeling a bit noodled out. We didn’t find any and it ended with me eating a day old croissant that I bought in Sa Pa.
The first touristy stop was the Lenin Park.
Where at 8 am in the morning there was a random dance party going on…
Then we continued to the Hotel Chi Minh presidential palace and mausoleum.
Then we continued walking to the first University in Vietnam.
I then needed a coffee break, mostly to calm my nerves as I’m still a bit skittish about crossing the roads since the moped incident (the Queen herself did have to take me by the hand sometimes). Next to the coffee place was a place that sold covers for my phone, so all you people that have been nagging me about getting one, it’s now sorted!
The touristy stuff then continued with a prison, interesting and disgusting at the same time. Those French people weren’t super nice people back then.
Escaping the prison we had a look at the time and realized that we manged to kill plenty of time and we turned back towards the hotel and walked past some of the things that the Queen herself saw without me the last trip here.
Before the hotel we did stop so that the Queen herself could have a cupcake that she dreamed of for days, I had a juice.
After chillin at the hotel for a bit, and finally having a shower I headed out for a lunch, without noodles.
As the trip is coming to its end there comes a time to buy presents. I’ve been trying to limit myself, however after a trip to the market it feels like my bags contains more presents than my things.
Dumping the purchases at the hotel, we waisted no time there and just headed straight out as again for a pre waterpuppet show drink.
The most expensive beer since I arrived here, note to one self don’t pick the place right next door to the longest running water puppet show ever.
The water puppets were interesting.
Dinner time came around, you haven’t really enjoyed Vietnam if you haven’t sat down on small plastic chairs for food.
This evening I enjoyed even more deep fried prawns from a kitchen that you were welcome to come in and have a look at.
Under the influence of a small food coma it was packing time, and after careful planning I really hope that the contents of my bag doesn’t break on the way home. It was also time to say farwell to these babies;
They have been with me for over ten years, and it hurts to chuck them out, however hurting is what I do when I wear them.
A very long day finally coming to an end, last night in Vietnam before starting the long trip home.
Waking up in a comfy bed rather than a small bunk in a train was nice. Breakfast at the hotel was eatable not fantastic, I opted for the banana pancakes.
We had a chill morning in the hotel before heading out on a walk to the closest village, Cat Cat. It was a 3k walk, something I figured even my sore hip could manage. It was a beautiful walk down.
However, when we reached the bottom of the hill we were told that we needed tickets to keep walking into the village and they could only be purchased half way up the hill. There was no way that we would walk up, get tickets to then walk down again so we started our return.
On the way there was a café with awesome view but no guests, we woke the poor dude up that worked there when we walked in.
When we returned to Sa Pa not that long later I was starving from all the exercise and stopped for a Beef noodle soup, pretty much without beef, still good and filling.
As the day went along, it got colder and colder and at one point a hot chocolate felt like a good idea…Swedish summer like weather…
Then it was time to head back to the bigger village to have dinner and then get back on the train for Hanoi.
After a big lunch I had a small dinner, and a beer…
That kept multiplying.
Peace out ma peeps!
This morning I woke up in the beautiful He Long Bay. Had a light breakfast, checking out the views and visited a fish farm (as well as entertaining our captain with lying flat on my back on the floor when we hit open sea) before heading back to the main island.
Here we visited and old hospital cave and ate another gigantic lunch.
Then it was time for what I had feared since we ventured out to the island before, the speedboat. With the heavy winds the waves where bigger today than yesterday and I wasn’t really looking forward to it.
We sat further back today tough and already when we sat down I started my mental recording in my head; you are safe! There is nothing to be afraid of! You are relaxed! It worked pretty good, what worked the best though (feeling might proud about this one) was; You are on a gigantic roller-coaster, you love roller-coasters! I managed the whole tour without panic, angst or tears!
On the other side there was a guy waiting for us with a car to take us back to Hanoi and the train station. Yes, the Queen herself have taken it upon herself to challenge the train Gods and see if the trainjinx have come with me down here.
Can’t say that the area around the station was particularly fascinating, or nice. We did brave us across the street for a sit-down while waiting for our ticket office to open. After getting our four tickets (that’s what you do when you don’t feel like sharing the compartment with two other people) we sat down at the little snack places on the train station ground.
Watching all the snacks made me hungry and when I spotted the two-minute noodles amongst all the chips and crackers I asked if there was hot water, there was! Thus, after a couple of days with amazing fresh cooked food my dinner was far from it…
Nine o’clock it was time to board, interesting fact that here in Vietnam there is one little locomotive pulling shit loads of carts owned by different companies so if you are looking for trains and they all seem to leave at the same time, this is why.
After receiving our complimentary tea I’m now ready to hit the sack, it’s been a long day with loads of travels.
The trainjinx? Well we left on time, what will happen next you as well as I, will find out tomorrow, me when I wake up. You when I find another WiFi.
Gnight ma peeps!