Hello from Vietnam!
I'd hoped to find a few quiet moments on holiday to write a marvellously insightful blog post for you but unfortunately we had a few....issues and haven't had a single quiet or relaxed moment to get even vaguely insightful.
I'm happy to report that everything seems to be back on track now - we had some passport validity issues (a problem we didn't know existed as we'd never heard of passport validity) somehow the first airline let us on the plane to Kuala Lumpa no questions asked but then we got a bit stuck (serious visions of Tom Hanks in The Terminal come to mind) We were trapped in the airport for over a day without our bags or a plan, missing our flights and reservations and generally fretting, trying to find someone to help or advise us.
After a bit of a gruelling wait we decided to fly to Honk Kong where they don't have a validity rule and we went to the British Consulate who were brilliant and got emergency travel documents sorted ASAP. We missed a few days of our holiday and changed a few into a Hong Kong trip which was marvellous (despite the 30 degree heat with ridiculously heavy backpacks *cue fake smile*) but it really was great.
Having left our home on Saturday lunchtime we finally managed to get into Vietnam Tuesday night at 11pm with our emergency travel documents (although being surrounded by 6 Vietnamese immigration officers wasn't exactly my idea of fun). Anyway we are back on track now and had a wonderful day exploring the glorious chaos this is Hanoi, Vietnam. Never have I seen such a serious electrical problem or eaten from tiny plastic steps stools also know as seats here, on a tiny plastic table (all the tables and chair for eating out are ideal for children and hilarious for grown ups) but now we can cross the roads like pros (half the time it's a matter of a quick check then just walk and pray the immense amount of traffic goes around you) work out was 4 hundred thousand dong is in pounds (£12! And that'll buy you a lot) and refuse a tuk tuk ride with ease and authority (all vital skills in this wonderful crazy city)
So there's the story of what we've been up to and why I haven't got anything more interesting prepared for you, I do apologise! All being well (*crosses fingers and toes*) we are off to Phu Quoc tomorrow for some serious beach time where I will work on next weeks post (I promise!) In the mean time, here's a few snapshots of our day and the things that caught my eye.
I could happily stay here for a loooong time. (But don't think I could manage all that hot knitting in this heat!)
Have a great week folks, take care and check the small print! X