Just a very quick update. I'm on my way north tonight to Sapa region in Vietnam. Hanoi has been interesting at least. Took a tour of the city on a moped or moto as they call them here. Basically the guy drove me to different sites and museums and chilled outside while i went in. 15 bucks for four or five places. I read lonely planet and made sure to check with him at each additional stop if it would be included in the same price. yeah, still 15. so the tour ends and despite my having checked at every stop, he decided to say, hey you owe me this much, essentially the equivalent of 50 bucks. so i very politely asked him to explain. he kind of did but it made absolutely no sense. i asked him to go over it again, he got upset and showed me his knife. i paid him and went back to the hotel to drink beer in my room. he was a great tour guide though! so weird how things can turn on a dime like that.
Today was a bit better, a few more museums, a few fewer moto rides. Beer is very easy to drink here because they sell it everywhere. and it is cheap. anyway. uhhhh. i really don't feel like putting in much of an effort to write this right now. i just wanted to post something before i left soooooo, maybe i'll elaborate on my hanoi adventures at a later date.
oh my god it is hot here. my hotel lobby. door open. so humid. been raining since i got here. uhhhh. yeah if you're still reading this, i don't even know what to tell you. right, sapa, going to sapa, mountainous village region of the north. so i'll be there 3 days hiking around with a group there then back here for a night or two and then south. awesome!
hope all is well in America and elsewhere.