Saigon When It Sizzles

It was a long haul but finally got here after 36 hours of travelling. Smooth flights, not a ripple so only had to take two of those little brown pills! However there was a moment or two of panic just as we were landing in Ho Chi Minh – We almost touched down and next thing we were up going up and around again for second approach. Apparently a “small flap problem” according to the Pilot. United is flying old 747s into HCMC from Hong Kong and call me cynical but I had the feeling that both the Chief Steward and Pilot may have flown in there a couple of decades ago in a different capacity! But I must must be getting better at this flying thing, Laurent only has light bruising on his right arm.

I was totally wiped when we arrived but the ride into town gave me second wind so after we arrived at the Rex Hotel we had to have a nightcap on the Rooftop Garden Bar . It definitely has atmosphere and as long as the Celine Dion wannabe wasn’t contriving to delight us even the music had a 70s style to it.

The Adventure Begins….

Well by tomorrow at this time I will be about 2/3 of the way across the Pacific. I leave at 0730 from Ottawa with a connection in Toronto – 16 hours and 23 minutes later I should be landing in Hong Kong. After a quick shower, massage and nap I’ll be meeting Laurent and we’ll head out to Ho Chi Minh City, getting there around 2230 local time. I figure by the time we check into the legendary Rex Hotel I will have been on the go 36 hours – and won’t I just be a joy.

Fortunately my Doctor has given me a few little brown pills that he assures me should help settle the total anxiety which accompanies everyone of my airborne adventures. Its hard to believe I worked for an airline for 33 years!

Our friend Blake is looking after Reesie but Mr Reese has been looking at him like he was Uncle Pervy offering him candy in the school yard. I’m sure that once he has Blake trained to rub his tummy in exactly the right way and has convinced him that human food is indeed good for dogs, everything will be fine.

So for the next 30 days we will be taking cooking classes, trekking near the old colonial summer capital of Sapa, cruising Halong Bay in a Chinese junk, chugging through the countryside in an Orient Express-style train and generally seeing as much of Vietnam as we can without doing the “if this is Hue it must be Tuesday” routine.

I will be trying to post as often as possible including a picture album but I’m not taking a laptop with me so it may be a bit difficult. However there will definitely be a Christmas post from Hong Kong.