Continued from Saigon Day 3.
Our last day in Saigon! I think we are going to be leaving Saigon with mixed feelings. On one hand, we really like the city, but then there’s the taxi driver incident, and then there’s the not too much to see and do here.
We need to take care of some housekeeping items before we leave Saigon. Our train isn’t leaving until 7pm, so we don’t need to head to the train station until about 5:30pm. First, we need to mail some items back to the States, the TinTin pieces and some extra clothes in our packs that we realized are just deadweight.
They literally tape every single surface on it to ensure that it doesn’t break and isn’t tempered with. Then afterwards, we took the receipt to another window to pay for it. We sent it by air, which will take around 2 weeks, and for 4.5kg, it was around $85. Not cheap, but better than sending it by boat which may take months and months. We do have a tracking number on our package, so hopefully…it’ll arrive. Fingers crossed.
Remember how we tried to find the helicopter building yesterday. Well, I looked on Google Maps again, and through a different way of searching, it gave this new building by the post office as the building. Again…we compared it to the photo, and it’s still wrong. Sigh, I give up. This makes me sad.
My royal coffee vs. RL’s plebeian coffee. So, how did the coffee taste? It smelled amazing, I’ll give you that, but otherwise, I am not going to pretend like I am some coffee expert and knew what taste profile I should be looking for.
We had wifi at the coffee shop, so we looked at some more photos of the helicopter building. In one of the more recent photos, we could see the Diamond Plaza building right behind it. RL thinks she may know where the building is. I’ll give it to her, she has a better sense of direction than me. Though, on this trip, her internal compass hasn’t worked as well as back in the States. Let’s see if she can find the building using visual cues.
Ugh, something I ate this morning did not settle well. This is not going to be a fun overnight train ride. Imodium is my best friend.
We also found two giant bags of okras already inside our cabin. WTF? I looked in the compartment next door and they also had two big bags of okra in there. I guess someone is transporting many bags of these and just put a couple in every compartment.
A German backpacker couple were our bunk mates for the ride. This is a good thing because I could hear the people in the other compartments around us and there were many loud Vietnamese families with their loud screaming kids. It was a rowdy train ride. We are definitely the quietest cabin here.
I guess this will do. Rice porridge with chicken. They were also selling the half formed chicken in egg on the train, I did not try. I am still having some stomach cramps, but I think the Imodium will hold out…I hope.
This train does not ride nicely. It’s noisy and the train sways and shimmies in all direction. I put on my headphones and slowly drifted in and out of sleep.
To be continued at Hoi An Day 1.