Thursday, 28 July 2011

A bed!!!!

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


  1. Sounds great. Can't wait to hear about the night bus! Do you know if it's going to be decadent, air-con luxury or wooden seats and live goats? Hope the rest of the day in Hanoi is great x

  2. AnonymousJuly 29, 2011

    Dear All
    Glad you all seemed to have refreshed yourselves with a bed, shower and food!!!!! Good luck with the night bus. I am sure it will be fine!!!!!!
    Enjoy every moment the memories will stay with you all for ever. Alison Cunnington x

  3. Regarding Jane's comment, I'm going with the wooden seats and live goats - now that would be exciting (well it sounds exciting as I sit in my comfy armchair)! Enjoy the experiences which lie ahead, xxxx

  4. We are well stocked up on goodies for our little adventure. The picture they showed us made it look like Eurostar interior (somehow I fear wooden seats are what we might end up with) Will let you know xx

  5. AnonymousJuly 29, 2011

    It might be purple like the one in Harry Potter and have a Rastafarian driver, you never know! So glad you are all safe, fed, washed, rested and with your spirits up. Real bummer about Halong Bay, oh well Lucy, we'll just have to go back! Thank you for my lovely f/b message, don't worry about the camera just make sure others take loads of photos. Go and shop!! Love you loads and huge hugs. Enjoy the South and speak soon.
    The Bryants

  6. AnonymousJuly 29, 2011

    Sounds like you guys are having a really great time despite the typhoon!! Enjoy every second of your journey, and may God bless you all!!
    Tam xx

  7. Roger NichollsJuly 29, 2011

    Good morning Vietnam! When I think of bus travel I hear the Divine Comedy's "National Express" but I imagine songs about coach courier's big bottoms are not appropriate to the ladies of Vietnam! YOur heading South so a couple of tracks for today are The KIngs of Leon's "Back Down South" and Dire Strait's "Southbound Again". There are lots of songs about night trains but not many about night buses so to close the set there's just time for "Night Moves" by Bob Seeger and the Silver Bullet Band. Have a good one.

    Love and Respect

    Roger Nicholls

  8. AnonymousJuly 29, 2011

    Glad you are all refreshed and slept well. Enjoy the night bus and lets hope for some sun. Making the poster Megs. X Casebow Clan X

  9. AnonymousJuly 30, 2011

    Hi Scarlett

    Got the email - thank you - we all miss you too! Enjoy your last week or so and enjoy the soft beds.
    Chocolate from the special chocolate shop waiting for your return
    Lots of love Mum Alex Freddie and Stuart xx

  10. lisa chivertonJuly 30, 2011

    hi guy, pleased you are all doing so well, shame about the weather. Hope Storm is coping with it all, I´m sure she´s glad to be out of the jungle. Enjoy the night bus journey. Can´t wait to see the photo´s, hope you´ve taken lots. Take care, love to you all. :-)

  11. Cammies mummy!!!July 31, 2011

    Halloooo all, and mummys little one, (ha,ha!!)
    well, what an adventure you have had - it sounds AMAZING!!! thank you SO much for all the up-dates along the way - its been great to be able to "keep-up" and hear all about your adventures - the stuff of memories, thats for sure - some needs to write a book!!
    So sorry you cannot get to the beach, but from a mummys point of view, hmmm think messing with nature is a ggod thing to pass on - i am sure shopping will make up for it - NO lime green suits please Cam - a lime green mankini (Borat style) is enough for any mummy!!! anyway, jsut wanted to wish you all the best fun ever in this last week - hope you have some more awesome times and cant wait to see you home safe and sound - MANY BIG THANKS TO ALL STAFF AND LEADERS - YOU ARE STARS!!!!
    Lots lof love and hugs, Cams mummy!! xxxx