Monkeying Around the World

Lil Dave’s Adventures with Ivan and Jennifer

Rainy sights

Rainy sights

Ivan, Jennifer and I had the complimentary breakfast on the morning of November 20, 2008.  We waited for Thao and her friend to arrive.  Thao and her friend Zoom met us in front of the hotel.  We rented a motorbike and we were off.  We rode around the countryside. 

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It was a little rainy at this point.  We reached a village area that had a museum.  Ivan wanted to eat since we had to be back by 1 pm for our motorbike tour. 

Thao asked if we wanted to go to the museum for five minutes.  Jennifer whispered Oh, boy another museum.  We walked inside the museum.  There was an old lady who was probably about 70 years old inside.  The lady showed us how different things worked.  Thao had to translate for us. 

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There was a machine that grinded the rice.  Then another one that made the rice into a flour.  This lady loved her job!  She loved showing us how everything worked.

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It was a great museum trip. 

We sat in the village waiting for our pho.  Ivan had the tuna pho while the girls had the beef pho.  I had a few green bananas.  The pho was really good.  We called the Cafe on Thu Wheels to have them pick us up at 1:30 pm instead.  We left and started biking again. 

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It started raining a little harder now.  We got back to the hotel and said goodbye to Thao and Zoom. 

We were off on our motorbike tour.  Ivan borrowed a rain jacket from the hotel.  Jennifer had her rain jacket but thought it wasn’t enough.  So, good thing she borrowed one from the cafe.  I had my own yellow monkey rain jacket on.  It was raining so hard at this point.  It wasn’t fun driving around on the motorbikes.  Our first stop was the Thien Mu Pagoda.  It had a big pagoda and some cool statues. 

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We went to another pagoda with a temple.  There wasn’t much there.  Our next stop was the Tu Doc Tomb.  It was a nice area outside.  But, you can’t take pictures inside.  I don’t think it’s really worth the 55,000 dong you have to pay to get in though. 

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If they had some banana or monkey statues that might make it more worthwhile.  We were off to our next destination.  It was a hill that had a bunker.  It had a nice view of a river.  Although, it would have been nicer in sunny weather. 

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We arrived at our last stop The Citadel.  It was actually Vietnam’s capital until 1945.  It’s a huge area.  We saw the moat and a courtyard. 

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We were just so sick of the weather – we wanted to go back to the hotel.  The day turned out good.  We all just wish the weather would have better. 

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