Direktlänk till inlägg 7 juni 2017

Day 3 - The best and the worst in people

Av Magnus Ekstrand - 7 juni 2017 00:41

So from now on we'll do this in english so Esther, Sören and other we meet may follow and know what I write. Yesterday(2017-06-06) was in many ways the worst of days. Martin had come back late and after that we stayed up chatting. To add it up someone was using a hammer the morning through. In the end it meant we didn't wake up at 09:00 as planned. Even if Sören banged on our door.


So when we got up 11:30, a bit hungover and still sleepy we had missed our meeting with Esther and Sören. We agreed to meet at the Ho Chi Minh statue at one of the larger walking steets. Going there was stressful, knowing we already made them wait in the morning. Plus this we were running late by 20 minutes yet again. Thus bad decisions were made. We had a biketaxi drive us, without negotiation price or making sure they took us to the right place before going in. We ended up paying a shamefull amount for a 15 minute bike ride that we might as well could've walked since they ran the long way. For those who've been in vietnam the sum we payed is outrageous. Lets just say it would cover our hotelstay, the food for three days and som more. How come we paid this knowing it was outrageous? Lots of shouting, angry arguing and lots and lots of anger and frustration + being stressed about being even more late. To sum it up, it was the worst start of a day I've ever had. Thus I spent the following 30 minutes with the team saying little, fury, anger, disappointment running wild within me. Only a phonecall with my partents, lots of laughter, the best of company, a glas of tasty wine, a rooftop view(23:th floor, long considering and contemplation later makes it easier to think about. But it does leave a very sad mark on the otherwise very friendly and helpful Vietnamese people. But there's bad people in all countys. I hope they spent the money well.


The bad day did however not end there. We went to the botanical gardens and Zoo. Only to find everything from snakes, otters, birds and elephants contained in small enclosures. For most animals pure concrete with minor details of actual nature. I was happy to find the did not have penguin, I do not think my heart could handle that. Not during that day, and not ever. Seeing the sad, almost lethargic animals took my thoughts away from money, deceit and anger to the larger picture. Once again I found that there's more important thing than losing money, even if it stings. Leaving the zoo, almost all anger, ditt and bitterness hade been replaced with contemplation and sorrow.


After this the day made a semi recovery. We went to a bar and had a drink. Then we went to another bar, this time at the 23:th floor at a hotel that seemed too expensive to even consider staying in. The bar featured kinda expensive drinks, a magestic view and yet again; my lifeline for the day, the best of company. I don't think I've enjoyed just sitting around drinking wine like this for very long.


 

On our way from the Ho Chi Minh statue towards the Zoo and botanical garden. Suddenly there was rain.  

We stood around, trying to wait for it to ease out but no luck.  

Instead we geared up, of course making sure everyone matched.  

"Lost?" "Maybe, I don't know."  

Sonner rather than later(after using google maps) we found our way to the Zoo/gardens. Was very excited until i realized how mistreated most of the animals were.  

Osterich that didn't facy us too much. They have a nack for looking angry.  

Some animals looked semi-well treated.  

Otters with access no nothing but concrete and water...    

The last elephant swaggering back and forward, seemlingly trying to avoiod being put in his/her separate pen for the night.

German beer! Made Sören alot happier. Be having a bad day went for juice instead.  

 

The hotell with the skybar.    

It was a really impressive sight!  

The others went for a picture while I was away. Hotch made sure to represent.    

"Sunset" = the world became a darker shade of grey. But still beautiful. It was hard to tell if the blurring of the horizons was due to rain or smog.

 

Many buildings lit up the night. Making for quite the show.  

Last night picture with the team. Sören, Esther, me, Martin and our host Harry. Harry also cooked for us a traditional soup with noodles with spring rolls as a sidedish. It was the single best thing I've eaten so far. We said goodbye to Sören at 20:00 ish, his plane leaving for germany soon. Esther me and Martin stayed awhile and chatten. I also got to play a league of legends on the Vietnamease servers, and I'm sad to say I fed. All together it was a really good day.

 
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