Dan and Lu's Travels
We've realised that our oh-so-smug-getting -a-room-for-$5-night has backfired on us... Its damp and dreary. Definitely the worst room we've been in. And there's no housekeeping for $5 either. Yuk. Thanks goes to Hels for advising us to take our own sheets and pillowcases! We set out to go to the citadel today, which is on the north side of the river, and thought it would be nice to do it on cyclos. So we agreed a price (40,000 vnd for both of us)and they said they'd take us to the citadel and then around the outskirts and to the market and back. The citadel was very pretty; from the nguyen dynasty, the emporer's city pad. We went around the outside and our drivers stopped so we could look at this strange swampy thing and insisted on taking photos of us. Then to the market and back. This is when they decided it was 150,000 vnd....! They said it was 20,000 per person per hour and we'd been on at least 3 hours, which was absolute rubbish. We argued with them for ages then ended up paying 140,000 as we didn't want them to get nasty. This ruined the afternoon a bit because we were completely ripped off, which is a shame as virtually everyone else in this country has been absolutely lovely. We're sick of Hue now so we found hanh cafe to confirm our bus tickets for tomorrow. We have to get a night bus but don't care as we just want to get to Hanoi now. Went to Bar Why Not for a beer and to use free internet. Met two couples from Yorkshire (Doncaster!). The blokes were probably in their early 60s and proper Yorkshire men, very amusing! Then I go talking to a couple of Austrian blokes who we'd seen in Hoi An. They were pretty drunk but quite funny. One was a retired history professor, both from Vienna. The prof was singing Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and our national anthem. We left the bar with a Manc girl from Gorton. SAhe kept talking about her scary sounding boyfriend who was on the front cover of Maxim or Loaded when the Istanbul football riots kicked off. Nice. She kept talking about football all the time but had one redeeming feature as she was blue not red....