NOT MANY SLEEPS!!!!!
While the idea of coming home is nice, the prospect ofworking in 4 days is pretty depressing (no offence Gail and the team!)
Saigon has been amazing! We went to the Cu Chi tunnels which was a highlight for Stu. Stu went through about 130metres of the tunnels where as Marcelle only managed about 15. They were so narrow at one point that Stu was on his hands and knees, and couldn't see anything, and the temperature was unbelievable! Hard to believe that the prospect of capture or worse by the American soldiers was so bad that they had to go to these measures. Very moving stuff! Google them if you get a chance...
On the way out we sampled rice wine with a pickled snake in it. You now know that we infact WILL drink anything!
After that we went to the War Reminents Museum. I can't even go there with you about it. I am tearful just thinking about the stuff we saw in there. The blatant disregard to human life was unreal. Stu gave a speech last night to our tour leader about the Vietnamese people and how amazing and beautiful they are, and how they have just embraced us. You would never ever know that someof those absolute atrosities happened to them. Of all the nations in the world, this one was the least deserving of the things that happened to them. We have seen definate proof that agent orange was abundant here and that it has left devastating results on some people. We thought of you Janeo when we went through the museum because we know that you would have appreciated it with all of your knowledge.
On to happier things though...
Last night was our final night with the tour group. We had a lovely dinner and then went to KAROKE!!!! A room to ourselves + a few crates of beer = a great night! Mine and Stu's best moment was "Islands in the stream". Dancing, and actions and all! Stu's best solo moment though was "Say You, Say Me". A dedication to our tour leader who only knew Lionel Richie songs and "Eternal Flame" by The Bangles because they were slow and he could understand the English! Funny stuff!
Today we did the MOTHER of all shops! We brought a pink suitcase and literally walked around Saigon buying stuff and filling the suitcase. Vietnamese people are pack horses and one guy was so horrified at out packing skills that he unpacked the whole thing and repacked it for us! They had more North Face jackets so I got 2 more and Stu got one. Timberland boots, NEW CROCS! Lmao! Chanel handbags, DVDS...the list goes on! We are pretty happy with what we got :o)
We are sitting in hotel reception drinking local beer while we write this, but an early night for us tonight because tomorrow is our last day.
We might blog again fromSingapore because we are there for24 hours.
We have decided to have an open door policy on Saturday when we get home. Come over from mid afternoon and see us and have a drink. We can't promise anything coz we might be jet lagged, but it could end up at the pub? We will just take it as it comes. Can you all please let everyone know - Bry can you be in charge on letting Shan and Andrew know? If they're around? Or haven't read this? Lol! All are welcome and all are welcome to stay the night too. We would LOVE to see all of you!
Lysh...Yes to the 19th, are XLR8 playing that night? Haven't forgotten your smokes either, just fix me up on Saturday, on my doorstep where you will be waiting ;o)
Pamo, thanks in advance for the pickup, don't worry about bring jackets, we have millions :o)
Love to everyone, see you really soon!
Marcelle and Stu
Thursday, July 10, 2008