AWOKE TO FIND THE HEAVENS HAD OPENED UP
10th Nov 2018
A Blessing in Disguise ?
Time for reflection but read on for the best bit of the day
The travel books said 26 C and No Rain in November,
The best time to go to Ha Noi, they said
So much for that advice.
IT RAINED AND RAINED OFF AND ON ALL DAY
But of course the rain washed the streets and purified the air.
So armed with a fold up umbrella and stout shoes I braved the storm
Rene had brought her rain coat as insurance
so kept the money and her powder pack dry.
We needed fresh rolls for breakfast.
I digress to remind you that essential goods are more or less fixed prices
and that includes food, pharmacies and state run services
Its the Taxi fares and luxuries that are to be battered or bartered for.
Its the DONG currency that takes some getting your head round
If the seller says 25 they mean 25,000 and so on
The notes come in 9 sizes or denominations.
The rate is about £1 =30,000
500,000 = £16.67
200,000 = £6.67
100,00 = £3.33
50,000 = £1.67
20,000 = 66.67p
10,000 = 33.33p
5000 = 16.67p
2000 = 6.67p
1000 = 3.3p
So when you go to buy a small packet of crisps they charge 3 or 3000 as
there is no other denomination nearer than the 9.97p
You rarely see the 500 note but it does exist.
Next I tell you about our Hanoi (Hilton) Home
The QUAN THANH ROAD area is quieter than some but you had better believe it if your apartment window overlooks the road.
Today we have a cutting tool on the go, and yesterday drilling.
But the traffic takes some bearing. Too fond on the hooter.
Not for the fient hearted is Ha Noi.
Zebra Crossings are COMPLETELY IGNORED and the traffic with the motor
bikes screaming away from traffic lights first with intention of the advanced
guard heading straight for any unsuspecting pedestrian trying to cross the
road on the green man
And it is not only crossing the road.
The pavements are a FUCKING DISGRACE ! –
DID YOU HEAR THAT VIETNAMESE COMMUNIST PARTY.
IF IT NOT TOO MUCH FOR A BLUNT INSTRUMENT TO REMEMBER IT IS
THAT PEOPLE WERE HERE BEFORE MOTORISED VEHICLES,
SO SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY
ITS ABOUT HAVING RIGHTS AND RESONSIBILITIES
IN THIS AGE OF CARBON POLLUTION
Pavements are not for pedestrians here but motorbikes
parked to completely obstruct the way.
If not motorbikes the heaps of stones and sand
and the occasional car blocking the path
The pavements are the water and drains highway so our entrance was
virtually cut off while the pavemnent was dug up to replace the water pipes
by state workers.
Mosaic paving slabs strewn everywhere with soil and sand too.
Relaying was manual heath robinson fashion.
Mole Lumps I call them waiting for pedestrian etc.. to flatten them down to
the level of the rest of the pavement.
So the only alternative this morning was to get soaked on the pavement from
overhead drainage or flooded in the road because the gutters were full so
the rain had no where to go.
There were road drains but only water splashed in by passing traffic made it.
The only solace is that the Vietnamese seemed reluctant to run me over.
Oh Dear Mam Ma -What is that mess that looks like strawberry jam –
Shh.My Child, It is Papa, run over by a tram
But I had to poke my Umbrella at a few that tried – once the rain had eased off.
We booked with Booking. Com
You can book, reserve and cancel without loading your credit card.
Ruby and Joyce at 43 Quan Thanh, Ba Dinh is a good place to be.
SO IF YOU DECIDE TO BOOK WITH THEM PLEASE TELL ME AND THEM.
NO EXTRA CHARGE.NO GAIN . NO PAIN
We have a large Living room cum Kitchen with large fridge
and two large ring cooker hobs
Two small bottles of water are provided each day free
by Ruby the domestic end of Ruby and Joyce team
Ruby cleans the room daily and makes the bed.
The bedroom is adequate, the bed high and clean with soft pillows, has a 40 “
TV 200 channels of mostly rubbish but some in English and the bathroom is
nice.Walk in shower, toilet and basin with light and extractor fan.
Each room has A/C and the entire unit is described as wheelchair accessible
but they forgot to mention the 12″ step to get into the building which fronts
as a high class mens clothes shop, and the height of the kitchen sink cooker
and basin in the bathroom.
SO DON’T BELIEVE THE WRITTEN WORD WITHOUT CHECKING FIRST.
WIFI is working as is the lift. Security is on hand 24 hours a day.
We paid £250 for two weeks and that is 7million plus Dong
All in, except 19L bottled water for 30,000 delivered.
At 2pm and as the rain had abated -well almost
We left for the Vietnam Military History Museum
at BaoTang Lich Su Quan Su Viet Nam
on DIEN BIEN PHU Street
we took the 22a bus for 7000 dong each and were soon there.
I recognised Lenin Park and called the bus driver who gratiously stopped
between official stops to let us get off.
( Bus Stops are few and far between.
Almost an inconvenient after thought to a bus transit system )
COMMUNIST PARTY NOTE –
ON THE WAY BACK WE HAD TO WALK
500 metres to the BUS STOP same in either direction.
This Military Museum was packed.
Tickets were 40,000 dong each and the museum extended inside upstairs
Maybe because it was a Saturday or popular with those who wanted to
witness the weapons of war left behind by the Frogs and Yanks.
Helicopters Tanks Jeeps and Aircraft all captured during the years of warfare.
Also there was a Russian MiG 21 and Sam Missiles.
Chinese Anti aircraft guns and tanks.
IT WAS SO DELICIOUS TO SEE THESE MAJOR POWERS,
MADE TO LOOK SO STUPID
AGAINST THE LITTLE PEOPLE OF VIETNAM WHO FOUGHT FOR
COLONIALISM AND IMPERIALISM.
We returned home having bought a large washing up bowl for £1 to soak my
poor aching arthritic feet in.
Tonights supper is Tiger Prawns and Chips with side Salad, so we can get
the full flavour a sort of fondue without the fuss.
Writing this with my feet soaking in warm water is a pleasure.
And that you are enjoying it too and will want more…
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