Kel: We could have stayed in bed feeling sorry for ourselves, but decided just to ignore our moans and groans. Instead we got to Hue after a s***ty sleep on this manky train and decided to go on a motorbike tour for the day - yes Mum that's right - motorbikes, eek!
We weren't driving them but had a driver each and just hopped on and off for a day tour of Hue. It's a much quieter place, and was a welcome relief from Hanoi. We had this amazing tour guide who could even do a Scottish accent, loved Matthew, and even gave us a demo of his Tai Chi (v relaxing - to watch anyway) The motorbike experience was so cool. We were on roads, through paddy fields, up hills and down alleyways. I felt like I was Jason Bourne or something - v cool! We visited a citadel, pagoda, went for a veggie lunch at a monestry (went straight through M again!), and then in the afternoon had a go at making incence sticks, watched a lady with one arm missing (agent orange casualty) make the famous conical hats. It was such a great day, and I even managed to chat a bit to my driver about Vietnam which was cool. I liked him even more when he couldn't believe my age (two standard questions from Vietnamese people - are you married, what age are you - neither meant to be rude!)
So we both left feeling much better, and even had a cool experience at a cafe that evening. The guy running it was deaf and mute and had a massive family. They got all customers to sign the wall somewhere and gave us all a bottle opener. We've got to take a pic of ourselves at a famous landmark somewhere in the world and post him the pic. He's got so many from other customers and it was such a lovely idea.. so we've got our homemade openers in our bags waiting for the next pic somewhere interesting for him (probably Edinburgh!) So cute though and so nice to meet such lovely people.