Delayed by a Typhoon – Our Hanoi Adventure

Quote for the Day:  “Do the one thing you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.”

teach English in VietnamAt last our first day for our assignment. WRONG! After all the anticipations of meeting our students we are informed- No Luck! The typhoon rearranged our schedule. It hit Vietnam. We were fortunate because the worse of it hit northern Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. Because of the flooding in the city all classes were cancelled due to safety. Remember all those electric lines that meet in bunches (my term) at corners of the street? Also the hotel staff advised all people to stay indoors. But that did not stop Ms. Pam from calling a meeting, of course not! Fortunately, Ms. Mae(the hotel travel agent and all-around-hotel-gal) conducted a Vietnamese language lesson. After that great lesson, We were ready to go out to the  street to show off our ability.

By noon, we were able to walk about the historical area so Pho # 24(a fast noodle restaurant was our destiny. But before we tackled the walk to the lake, five of us purchased our tickets for late Thursday nite to the H2O Puppet Show. Then booked our weekend trek to Ha Long Bay. Actually, all those tasks would not have occurred if we had had to teach.

After lunch, we scvolunteer vacation in Vietnamattered like leaves on a tree in a wind storm, a typhoon to be exact. John went to find a spa for his daily massage while some of us attempted to find the Temple of Literature. We were given the incorrect directions but not all was in vain. We were able to walk for 2 hours in a part of the city we would not be able to see. Of course, after all that walking our stop of choice was “the Pub” for beer. The humidity of the day caused us to relax for a bit.

Roger was fortunate to be able to go to the University with his friend Thanh who happens to be a travel guide. Guess we will call up on him the next time for directions.

Even though Ms. Pam did lead us astray, she made up for it by ordering calamari as an appetizer for dinner at 96 Restaurant. Pricilla and Judi were extremely happy over that choice. Thank you Leader!

On our way back to the hotel, Roger led a few of us thru a dark alley. No, it is not what you think. It turned out to be an alley with delightful businesses and hotels. What a surprise that was.  Once out of the alley, Roger led us astray but Ms. Pam was Johnny on the spot and directed us.  As an after thought- maybe John should be our guide. He has this sense of direction that the rest of us lack.

Good Night…… P.S. … I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my Destination. ….author unknown.

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