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Av Magnus Ekstrand - 25 juni 2017 17:04

First of all. Thank you all for reading. This will be the last day that I record for my Vietnam travels. It's been a great trip but I am really looking forward to returning to Sweden. This could well be noticed since we spent most of the day just taking it easy. We slept late and after this I went out solo to do some souvenir shopping but found surprisingly little. I bought a few things and am proud to say that I haggled for everything without angering the shopkeeper. After this we bought tickets for a water puppet show which was amazing. The scene was a decently large pool where the puppeteers had their puppets enter from the back and sides. They handled them with quite the skill. And even if all dialouge was in Vietnamese both me and Martin enjoyed the show. It also feautured traditional Vietnamese music and some instruments I've never seen before.

After this we met up with Esther to have dinner, we acually had Burger King which was decent. After this we walked around one of the local lakes where all cartraffic had been blocket to allow for various activities such as street performances, games and socializing.

Right now we are both back at the hotel and are resting for our travels tomorrow. Martin will be working 6 days straight after arriving back at Sweden so I can really understand him wanting some rest. Even I who've a week off when I get back feel tired and kinda weary after our travels. I guess I am not the scout I once was. I would like to end this journey with a poem, just like the last one. But it doesn't come to me as it used too. But who knows maybe one day my mind and heart will sing in unison once again. For now, I am content to let them ease down and enjoy the feeling of tiredness take over. As I said above, thank you yet again for following me. Even if I also write for my own benifit it always nice to share with others. 

Goodbye, farewell for now,

and untill I see you again,

stay well and healthy

Av Magnus Ekstrand - 25 juni 2017 08:00

We arrived abou 04:30 am to Hanoi and went directly to the hotel. The gates was barred but there was a doorbell which we rang 3 times before a drowsy looking guy opened the door. Much to our amazement we were allowed to check in at this time and we spent the morning sleeping until 10:00 am. After this we set out to see some of the temples and museums that Hanoi has to offer. Yet again the weather was too hoy(35 degrees C) and we spent most of the day in the shade. We went by a templeTran Quoc pagoda), the presidential palace, Ho Chi Minh museum and Tomb, they were however both closed for the day. We continued on to the  Hoa Lo prison and the Woman museum. While doing this I tried to make plans for the night with both Max, an old hightschool friend and Esther which we met in Ho Chi Minh city. It ended up with us meeting u with Max for dinner and then we also met up with Esther. The evening was rather uneventful, we spent most time reconnecting and strolling the streets of Hanoi. We had a glas of fresh beeer and also icecream from a place we'd never found without Max.


The pagoda      

Ho Chi Minh mausoleum

The guards official gear, was happy enough to pose for a photo  

Ho Chi Minh museum  

Temple of litterature, unsure what brought about the name      

The prison, feautured a number of unpleasant facts and scenery.  

The woman museum  

Was a nice exhibit even tho the womans role was maybe a bit old fashioned. The first room was dedicated to marrige, second to birth giving, third to family life and only at the fourth came historical personalities(which most had to do with women who were recognized for supporting the armies during the war...)  

Local art  

Traditional garb  

Finally found some penguins for Hotch to chat with  

local church  

Meeting up with friends! Me, Martin, Max and Esther.  

Went out on the local pub streets, this night they feautured alot of street performances, made for a good feeling.  

Sat down at the green table for some fresh beer, the chairs are literally like 20-30 cm tall.  


One of the lakes by night, my camera doesn't really like dark setting so picture quality is fairly low...     

Ended at the operahouse, from here we grabbed a cab back to the hotel...

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