Welcome to Hue! I arrived right on time on Vietnam Airlines this morning and had the car pick me up at the nice Hue airport. Its a smaller airport so when get off the plane no interminable waits for the car or walking and not very crowded. Today I went for a walk in the city kinda thinking about what I wanted to do here. Hue is a historical city so tomorrow I will walk over to the citadel complex for the day after breakfast for free at the hotel. I want to take a lot of pictures there tomorrow because rumor has it its plenty cool!
The city is less manic and frenzied than Hanoi which is nice. People tend to actually stop at red lights here and also let pedestrians cross when the crossing light is on. There are bridges across the Spice River which I love. I remember the wonderful little bridges in Hiroshima. They are not only transit but they also give a sense of character and geography to a city. I like seeing them at night all lit up.
On Monday I have an all day tour to go see some of the other stuff that is farther away plus take a boat ride on the Spice River. Tuesday is open and its my last day here so I will probably go in another direction wandering. Wednesday I fly back to Hanoi in the morning. It feels like I have some days here but really the time flies by after I get going and seeing the city.
The hotel I am staying I highly recommend. Its called the Cherish Hotel and its pretty close to being downtown here. They treat you very nice and offer free juices, they upgraded my room and also gave me a single bed that is a king sized bed. I paid more for the hotel because I wanted a place a bit nicer. Walking from here is good because its central to the city and there are lots of restaurants. Breakfast in the morning is included in the cost as well.
I was thinking on the plane this morning how I only have a week left in Hanoi when I leave Hue. Hard to believe the time has gone by so quickly. I’ve felt really good staying in the old quarter but getting out past it most days. Next trip in little under two weeks is to Hong Kong. Talking about Hong Kong, I had blogged about going to get a Banh Mi last night. I met an Australian women that works in Hong Kong who does Project Management. We sat outside the sandwich place and talked for a long time about the work, how frustrating it is sometimes, and how nice it is to get away from it. She also worked for IBM in one of the groups that were vendors for two of our large data center migrations. Fun talking about the days with IBM and how they have pretty much screwed the pooch by letting the people of quality go and then make the customers have to suffer in the end.
I’m glad to be gone from that in retrospect. I don’t think there is a way in Hell I would want to do it any longer. My boss at Veritas asked me once on my final week or so if I would be in Singapore at such and such time. I just don’t want to do it so I told him as nicely as I could that I was done. I did not want to be almost done or part-way done. Had to be the whole way.
So the times in Hue are going to be fun. A town of history with a fabled river that runs through it. A last trip in northern Vietnam. I also received my train tickets for June for the ride from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. I’m all set now.