Getting Lost in Time and Place
Wow, what a blur it's been these last couple of days. After a quick two days in Shanghai, we woke up this morning in Ho chi Minh City, Vietnam. The time difference from China is 1 hour and the time difference from home is 14 hours. Which explains why I was behind putting up the @minnowfund post yesterday. I simply lost track of time.
Our Last Day in Shanghai, for Now
Yesterday we spent the afternoon in Shanghai catching up on some work while taking in the scenery. We started off with some delicious pancakes and coffee from Blue Jamaican Coffee.
Then we headed over to a cafe near the bund to do some work and catch up on emails. We got our work done, but we admittedly spent more time people watching and chatting it up with a fellow traveler from New Zealand. When you're in a country full of language you can't make any sense of, a English conversation goes a long ways.
Next, we wanted to grab some dinner before heading over to the airport to catch our 10pm flight to Vietnam. We wanted some traditional food off the beaten path, so we walked for a few miles away from the bund and came across a small restaurant that had no English posted anywhere. This had to be the place for us!
After dinner it was time to catch the metro back to the airport. We had grown very familiar with the metro in just two days time. It's funny how quick you can grow comfortable with a place.
Once we got to the airport, we patiently waited at the ticket counter to show our passports and visas. The lines here were extremely long and our feet were growing very tired from carrying our heavy packs all day. We got our tickets and then fought our way through security.
In these parts of the world, it's not uncommon to take a bus out on the tarmac to board your plane. We boarded the bus and the driver set off towards our plane.
After a 4 hour flight (which I managed to get 3 hours of sleep), we landed in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam around 2am. We were exhausted! Jetlag had really set in and I even felt like I was getting a cold. We waited in a VERY long (and slow) line for immigration.
After getting through immigration we found a taxi to take us to our hotel. We were beat. I wasn't sure what I wanted more: sleep, food, cold medicine, a shower? I scrounged the room for what little snacks they had and found a noodle bowl. I had seen people at the airport eating up these noodles so that had to be alright, right?
Lol, the noodles were okay. But I was ready for sleep. I got a quick shower and headed to bed thinking we would wake up around 8am for the delicious breakfast that we saw on Booking when booking this hotel. That would be worth waking up to.
But my body had different plans. Although we had set an alarm, we totally missed breakfast. Heck, we almost missed lunch! Here it is 2pm in Vietnam and we're just having our morning tea. Oh yeah, that's new to me too. I LOVE my coffee. But in these parts of the world tea is the drink of choice. So I'm trying to get used to that, or at least drink some tea in between my coffee.
Today we'll probably take it easy. We will head out here shortly for some lunch and then explore the city a little bit. Tomorrow we hope to take a tour of the Mekong Delta and the Củ Chi tunnels which are a network of connecting underground tunnels in the Củ Chi District of the city.
We look forward to updating you on the next post. Until then, tạm biệt!
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