Time. How do we do that to ourselves? Fill up time in every which way we can, stuff it and roll it and fry it and serve it. Rich and dense – packed to the brim, no room for wiggle. Time – where did you go?
It is Friday. We have been here less than one week. In one week, we will no longer be here.
What can I tell you?
The Mekong Delta I suspect should not be done as part of a tour, but with limited time that is what we opted for. As usual, this has a mixed effect. You see a lot in not very much time, but somehow also feel like you have seen nothing at all.
Our tour took us through My Tho fishing village, Ben Tre canals, orchards, coconut plantations and to the Vinh Trang pagoda. We sampled jack fruit, passion fruit, Vietnamese mini bananas, pineapples and watermelon. We were entertained by traditional rural music and some of the group even ventured to try rat, frog and snake. Our pit stop for the night was Can Tho, where hot showers and an air conditioned room awaited.
The night market was quick, finished before we even realised it started. But actually the evening is really when Can Tho is a-buzz.
The next day, we went back to the river (Cai Rang) and to my pleasure spent most of it ambling up and down observing houses on stilts, boats selling fruit and vegetables and even a short introduction into vermicelli production.
I did not know that Pho only comes with beef or chicken, as apparently the King whom it was first made for had many food allergies. It also apparently originates from the North, which may be why we haven’t seen so much of it here.
We are making the 4 1/2 hr journey back from Can Tho to Ho Chi Min City. My stomach is dodge and we have a night train to catch tonight. I’ve popped some pills already, let’s hope that settles it.
Hoi An will be a quick turn around. We (mainly I have bullied L into this) have decided to try and squeeze in Sa Pa also. We will probably miss Hue and take Hoi An at a leisurely chilled pace. Our hotel apparently has a pool.
On Sunday, we fly to Hanoi. And after that we haven’t decided the exact order but Halong Bay and Sa Pa will conclude our very short holiday.
I feel sad already. I don’t want to go home. Though also, I’m looking forward to some good old Indian rice and curry! Mmmmm.