Monthly Archives: November 2008

Jane Fonda Was Here

Posted by on November 30, 2008

After another 12 hour bus trip, I’ve arrived in Hanoi. It was probably one of the worst bus trips I’ve taken so far. The bus was packed and I got the misfortune of sitting next to a guy who decided to sprawl all over both of the seats.

My cab driver tried to scam me as he took me to my guesthouse.

The weather here is pretty cold for Vietnam. The temperature is getting down to 11C (low 50s Fahrenheit). Most of the locals dress as if it is freezing with scarfs, heavy jackets and heavy hats.

I haven’t had time to see much of Hanoi yet. It seems a bit more dreary than Saigon, but that might just have been arriving at dawn on a Sunday morning. I’m here for two days before going to Ha Long Bay, then returning to Hanoi for a few more days before heading to Laos.

Kids playing cricket in Melbourne, Australia

Posted by on November 28, 2008

Kids playing cricket. Melbourne, Australia

Kids playing cricket. Melbourne, Australia

One of the biggest ways in which Australia and North America differ is in the sports they play. Australians are a sports hungry people, but what they play will leave most Americans with a blank stare. Over time I’ve come to understand the basics for rugby (Union and League), AFL (Aussie rules football) and cricket. My knowledge goes far enough to know what is going on during a game, but not so much as to get into a real discussion with anyone on the subject. FUN FACT: Did you know that the United States lost to Canada in the first international cricket match in 1844? After that, both countries decided they had enough with the game and never looked back.

Onward to Hanoi

Posted by on November 28, 2008

It has rained almost non-stop since I’ve been in Hue. Yesterday the rained stopped and I finally got the chance to go visit the Citadel and former grounds of the royal palace. It was sort of anti-climatic given how long I had to wait to go see it. The royal palace isn’t an ancient structure. It was built about 200 years ago and it shows in the construction. Most of the grounds is in a pretty serious state of disrepair and major renovation is currently being done.

Hue is a really nice city. The food is good and I’ve found it very conducive to walking (even when it was raining). At over a million people, it is a big city you never really hear much about.

I have another overnight bus trip ahead of me today. I’m only going to spend two days in Hanoi before going to Ha Long bay I think. Then I’m off to a quick trip through Laos and back into Northern Thailand. Hopefully the airport issue in Bangkok will be resolved before I get there.

According to reports, it hasn’t been raining up in Hanoi, so I hope the wet weather I’ve had for the last two weeks in central Vietnam will be gone. I’d really like to have good weather for when I’m in Ha Long Bay, as it should be one of the best opportunities for photography I’ve had on my trip.

American WWII memorial in Noumea, New Caledonia

Posted by on November 27, 2008

American WWII memorial in Noumea, New Caledonia

American WWII memorial in Noumea, New Caledonia

An American WWII memorial in Noumea, New Caledonia. All over the Pacific I saw reminders of the Pacific campaign from WWII. I’ve been able to visit most of the places where major battles were fought including Papua New Guinea, Guam, Saipan, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, and Okinawa.

American WWII memorial in Noumea, New Caledonia

Posted by on November 27, 2008

American WWII memorial in Noumea, New Caledonia

American WWII memorial in Noumea, New Caledonia

An American WWII memorial in Noumea, New Caledonia. All over the Pacific I saw reminders of the Pacific campaign from WWII. I’ve been able to visit most of the places where major battles were fought including Papua New Guinea, Guam, Saipan, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, and Okinawa.