Last night saw us scrub two weeks of dirt and grime out of our clothes and off our bodies, some of us just decided that the dirt was too much and binned t-shirts, socks and pants that had seen better days. How we all had missed having warm showers with lockable doors, where the locals don't walk in on you or you have to carefully position your clothes and towels over the gaps in the wooden walls so that others don't get to see a bit more than they bargained for. We all managed to get a decent sleep in beds, with crisp white sheets and duvets, which were off the floor, in spider, flea or other creepy insects you can imagine free zones.
Breakfast this morning was bread, jam, egg and bacon (not quite how you imagine it, but a decent version). Due to the typhoon all water based activities near or around Halong Bay are cancelled, so we will be spending another day in Hanoi (the typhoon will hit Hanoi the day after we leave which is a blessing for us) before heading to the bus station at 5pm today to catch the sleeper bus to Hue. We aim to arrive at our new destination about mid morning. tomorrow and then hope to see some historical / cultural Vietnam (temples etc) before going to Hoi An (where we spend two days)
Spirits are high and I think the pizza, cheese burger and chips combo at dinner last night helped this - a break from rice was appreciated. The boys cleared their plates in seconds, only stopping to catch breath. (Molly managed to eat all of hers before the boys!!)
The final part of this expedition will see us moving quickly through South Vietnam, with a different view to look at each day, time already seems to have got faster in comparison to the last two weeks of trekking and project. I am sure the greetings, reunions and goodbyes at Heathrow will be emotional as we end our adventure.
The support from home and comments on the blog are great and make us all feel loved and missed. It helps us still feel connected to home.
See you all soon, Weeksey and Ben xx