Friday, March 29, 2013

Heading for Vietnam

We spent the following morning exploring a bit of Hong Kong in daylight prior to checking out of our room. We wandered the streets and observed the familiar scenes; offerings to the gods for business success and prosperity, dried seafood delicacies, and empty streets with no remnants of last night's bustling markets or atmosphere.

We found the building where a highway runs through it, and around these parts that isn't too unusual, I suppose.

Even though it was wet Kien still got a chance to play at the playground. We are not afraid of some light rain.

We then went to a park close by and walked up the hill hoping to find something worthwhile to see. Unfortunately there wasn't anything except a weather station that didn't allow public access, so we made our way back down the hill.

At the bottom of the park we could hear something that sounded like knocking, and some shrill voices. We went to investigate what the sound was and discovered a group of people singing. Here's a little clip I took of it. Such a strange, interestingly weird sound, so totally unfamiliar to our ears.

Chinese opera at Hong Kong park - link if you can't see the video here.


We were on Vietnam Airlines for our flight to Saigon mid afternoon.

I found something called "Kinder Joy" at a convenience store close to our guesthouse, so I promised Kien he could open it once we were in the air if he behaved. He was so good and patient. The anticipation was so much better than what was actually inside - we really didn't know what to expect because the packaging only had Chinese characters.

Good bye Hong Kong airport.

Jef took some pictures of atolls he saw from the air so he could look for them on Google Earth. I like this one; it looks so remote and I can just imagine it being like the island on "Lost".

The flight path took us over Nha Trang, which looks pretty from up here.

Two and a half hours later we flew into Saigon.

By the time we got to our hotel it was getting dark. We still had to make our way to the train station to purchase our tickets for the following day, and luckily the walk there was closer than what we had anticipated. So after a long wait at the station I had our train tickets in hand.

Kien was too exhausted to go out for dinner, so I left the boys at the hotel while I wandered the streets looking for food. I took this photo a block down from our hotel so that if I got lost I would have a reference point.

I purchased some rice with grilled pork for Kien, and I went for something a little more exotic from this lovely lady's street stall. There she is cooking my snails, and they were divine!

Hello, Vietnam! Good to see you again.


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