Yesterday I arrived in Vietnam from Siem Reap for Christmas! Siem Reap is a five hour drive from Phnom Penh, so I headed up on the bus a couple of days beforehand. I have had a bit of a cold for a couple of weeks so I was really excited about having a *hot* shower in Siem Reap. We don’t have hot water at home so my shower at home is not for dithering under or for enjoying – plus it’s for Cambodian-sized people, i.e. about a foot shorter than me.
I am ‘doing’ the temples in February with Mum and Dad when they come to visit so I went quad biking instead on Saturday afternoon in the countryside. We headed off on the road first so I was glad to be familiar with Vuthy-style driving (ignore everyone behind you, overtake at every opportunity), especially as the bike doesn’t have wing mirrors. It was great to get out in to the fields and all the village kids were waving like mad on the side of the tracks, plus the driving was exhilarating!
We watched the sun go down then headed back to town. I went to Pub Street for dinner and practised using my new wide-angle lens [Merry Christmas to me!].
It’s ten degrees colder in Hanoi so I was desperately trying to find some shoes on Sunday – I only have flip flops or walking boots – but it was predictably impossible. Shoe shopping in Asia is absolute hell for me. Here’s the typical shoe shop conversation:
‘Do you have these in 41?’
[eyebrows raise] ‘Ohh’ [sharp intake of breath through pursed lips] ‘noooo’
‘How about these?’
[head shaking] ‘Yes lay-dee, no have’ [shouts something to colleague, laughing, pointing my offending feet] ‘Big foot lay-dee’
I don’t know why I bother even trying!
I arrived in Hanoi early yesterday and went straight to meet my cousins before having lunch with Lotte. My cousin Emilie is working for a fashion house called Chula here and they were part of Vietnam Fashion Week so last night we went off to a show! We had great seats on the ‘Frow’ (front row), and we tried to look as fabulous as possible as people took photos (in case we happen to be famous). My cousin Anton could definitely pass for a Beckham and he looked the part!
Today I am going to visit the studio where Emilie works and check out her own collection, reehmade.com, before we all decorate the Christmas tree. As the 24th is the big day in Denmark we are celebrating tonight with turkey and loads of food, I’m so glad I’m with my family for Christmas – I hope you are enjoying yours
Merry Christmas xxx