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Day 22 Sapa

We slept in this morning, trying to get as much sleep as we can before we have to get back onto the hellish train again tonight.  We trekked to 3 more villages this afternoon.  Like yesterday, the scenery was beautiful.  It was mostly downhill...some rocky dirt roads but also steep areas of rock.  As we walked down for 3 hours all I kept wondering was how the heck we were going to get back up.  We were followed for a while by a lady trying to sell us stuff, but maybe after an hour she finally left after we convinced her were weren't going to buy anything.  Tyler would just go on long rants about why he didn't want to buy her stuff, all of which she clearly didn't understand..it was funny.  I was pleasantly surprised that there was a ride to bring us back up the mountain after the trek.  We hopped on the overnight train again tonight. It's still a little fresh, but I guess I can somewhat laugh about it know.  Ok so let me explain again what the rooms are like.  There are 4 small bunks, 2 on each side, with a very tiny area in between the two sides..very little room to move around..so four people in total!  Well there was a Vietnamese girl on the top bunk of one side..and a middle-aged Vietnamese couple on the bottom...they snuck an extra person in..that's 5 people with us included!  I was livid.  It was already sweltering in there without adding a fifth body.  When the train staff realized it, they made the woman sign these papers...she probably had to sign to accepts the safety risks in case of a fire..what about us!!  Before we turned the lights out she just sat there and stared at me.  When the lights went out and we were trying to fall asleep her cell phone rang..and she picked it up..and she had a conversation.  After that, her husband kept moaning and shuffling around because it was clearly uncomfortable.  At one point he tried to lay in the area between the two bunks..right beside me...it felt like a joke..like we were on candid camera.  Needless to say we made it through the night and I think it'll be quite awhile before we get back on a night train.

Posted by tanyatyler 18:04 Archived in Vietnam

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