We have just made it back to Hanoi after saying goodbye to our project hosts, Kai the cutest child it the world, the cockrel that could not crow very well and sleeping on the floor! The project was a success and we completed the bridge on time and also levelled a road for the locals. They worked us hard, and the walk to the site and back to the homestays was tough but the end project saw us all pleased with our efforts.
On the last night, the locals put on a show for us, of which the whole village turned out for. We in turn were asked to put on some British culture. We sang the first verse of the national anthem (we did not know anymore) a bit from Sound of Music, Tom Sprinks led us in we will rock you and the girls danced a Hannah Montana classic "The ho down - throw down" Harry Carter has pictures of this which I am sure will cause great amusement to those back home. The evening was brilliant, with a disco afterwards (they only had three tracks which made a continual repeat for about 45 minutes) Good times!! We tried the local traditional drink and were greeted by the the leader of the village.
Rice has been our main food source and we look forward to eating something else. Just to warn parents, I think shopping lists of food will soon be coming your way, either facebooked, blogged or emailed and I am sure rice will not be on it.
Harry's toe is mended, the leeches however love his blood. Molly is fully recovered. Paddy has boots which are fully mended, Ben still has blisters, a decent beard and is still calling himself a lad. Paddy also had a haircut from a local for free (it's quite good)
We have also walked to the top of a waterfall, bathed in hot springs, been through caves, trekked through a river, walked through paddy fields, fallen down the odd mountain, bum shuffled down steep slopes, mopeded (Weeksey, Leah, Molly, Alice and Harry) through the countryside, and all heard Harry fart every night!!!!!!!!
We all look forward to the shower and comfy bed tonight. Sadly we are no longer off to Halong Bay tomorrow as a typhoon is approaching tonight and the boat trip company have cancelled it. We will explore Hanoi even more.
With love to all from a rather smelly set of travellers (but brilliant bridge builders!) xxxxxxxx