From Cheri, Spanish teacher and Vietnam trip co-leader
Ah, it’s 7:45 p.m., we just returned from an amazing dinner at Forest, a 10/10 restaurant in Hanoi and the kids are heading to bed! They laughed when I said that check in was at 10:00 p.m. tonight, since they are all hitting the hay before 8:30 p.m.!
To recap the beginning of our adventure to Vietnam…..
After leaving George School at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and arriving at the hotel at 2:00 p.m. Monday, our trip totaled about thirty-six hours door to door! First flight was easy, just a seven-hour jaunt to Frankfort. Second flight (to Singapore) a mere twelve hours and the third felt like a hop, skip, and a jump (a bit over 3 hours). The food was excellent, of course — Singapore Airlines always does a great job feeding us. The students were very sweet. We were seated in small groups all over the plane, with two of us entirely alone. No one got upset. The goal was to sleep a maximum before getting to Hanoi. We had only a bit of turbulence after taking off from Singapore, but nothing major. Finding thirty-two pieces of luggage upon our arrival was challenging, and in the end, two pieces didn’t make it on the plane, but they have been located and will arrive tomorrow.
We took the kids out on the street and taught them how to cross. Not quite like the Abbey Road album cover, but nonetheless, a sight to behold. There really is a certain style for crossing busy Hanoi streets. ATM machine only minutes away – whew! We are not going to see the Water Puppets tonight, a blessing in disguise, because we would fall asleep from jet lag anyway.
Tomorrow we leave the hotel at 8:15 a.m. after a succulent buffet breakfast on the thirteenth floor overlooking the city.