Saturday, June 11, 2011

Road to Ho Chi Minh City

Our bus trip from Ha Tien to Ho Chi Minh was very special. Our 6h journey lasted 7.5. So far, so good. 

The fact that our bus driver drove at a speed usually experienced by astronauts was just mad though. The road was officially wide enough for 2 cars but the reality was that if cars didn't want to collide, they had to put 2 wheels on the hard the shoulder, which is a dirt road full of potholes about 4 feet deep. 

In these conditions it is better to fall asleep than witness the drivers playing chicken avoiding impact at the last second. Ignorance is bliss.
Falling asleep however was just impossible this time as the vicious Vietnamese road builders strategically placed about 874 bridges on the way to Ho Chi Minh City. Every single one of them has a little "bump" just before and a little "drop"just after the bridge to ensure that all the passengers would stay fully awake. As we were passing the bridges at the speed of sound, our stomachs were tickling our achiles entering them and we felt like a bungee jumpers on a freefall exiting it.
The only way not to hit our heads on the ceiling was to fasten our seat belts.

We made it safe and sound in Saigon, just in time for a massive downpour.  
Woo hoo!

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