Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Big Pink Suitcase...

Hi All,

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
xxx

16 comments:

the tourist..... said...

well ... it looks like you are all sleeping,so I get first dibs at the messages... I don't have much to say really.. maybe I'll buy MYSELF another bottle of piss for being first... seems fair!!! lmao
peace out....

The HOT Tourist said...

Just the one bottle Stuart...?

the tourist reply is.. said...

well Hot tourist..I may need to re-hydrate after such a long journey home, so I feel I will be drinking as I see fit ;-)

The Hot Tourist said...

Uh huh...

the handsome tourist said...

wot eva..you know what they say...when in Saigon....(when in rome)

The Hot Tourist said...

So uh, handsome tourist...what are you doing later?...

the handsome tourist.. said...

look ..if your one of those "stalker types" HOT tourist, I have a girlfriend,so rack off Jacko!! so hard to get any peace

The Pissed Off Tourist said...

Geez! Can't anyone just lay their mack down all over the internet anymore...

the stalked tourist.. said...

yer, I basicly chat to hot babes online all day.. you know...

The Dynamite Tourist said...

I can throw you some ham if you'd like?...Or a football?

am said...

Hi there, 3.43am and I get to be number 11 !!! How bad is that. Well here goes anyway, great to hear from you. The jackets, well thanks for that, I was planning on bringing some out, but I won't bother now. I thought you may have been coming back to a really cold one, but they are predicting 17 deg for Sat, so maybe you are bringing some heat back with you ! Will be so good to see you both on Sat, not long now.
Lots of Love to you both, Pam x x x x

Jess said...

You two are such funny wee mingas!! The samll things really do entertain you when on holiday ay!!!! See you soon. I know there will be 50million people at your place on Sat so if we don't turn up its cos im waiting till Mon to have you all to myself!!

pen said...

LMFAO. God I miss that humour!!
Sounds like the last leg has been really moving.
Hope you enjoy your last day guys. And were you really thinking we would be checking your blog at 2.30am on a thursday morning???? :)
See you sat lovies i'll make sure Bry checks the blog.
Take care, enjoy your stop over..BLAAAA...
Love P

Pam said...

Hi again, you know, I have been thinking about this all day, and I just can't understand why you would sing Islands in the Stream, when Delta Dawn would have been the obvious choice, and I know that you both know all the words !!!! It has been so good to read all your blogs as you have moved around on your trip. See you on Saturday 'Tourists" Keep safe, Love Pam

Delta Queen said...

Pammy, we agonised over Delta Dawn Vs. Islands In The Stream, but in the end I knew more lyrics to Islands in the stream. I know I sung the chorus to Delta loud and proud at the Cavalcade, but I don't know any of the verses lol! Jessica McIvor, you BETTER be at my house having a Jim with me on saturday! Mandog that goes for you too! But you can drink export if you like :o) xxx

Jane said...

I can't say you're weird becoz it's possible I'm slightly odd myself - I don't see it but a lot of people have said it over the years.

Apparently the Amercian war on Vietnam was so miniscule in terms of their history of being invaded there are like 1 or 2 streets or something named in memory of it, and thousands in memory of Chinese invasions. I'm a bottomless well of useless information..........makes you appreciate living in the middle of an ocean on an island though.

I am looking forward to seeing you Saturday, I hope I don't get crushed by the mad crowd.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxx MUM