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Day 100 (16th March 2016 ) Waking up to having to say good bye to my Contiki roommate is not fun but I’m so glad I got to meet Jenny. She was a lovely girl who reminded me of a friend at home so we just clicked straight away. Hopefully I will see her soon in England when I do my Europe tour soon.
Went down to have breakfast and ended up being there early enough to see some of the others that I had said goodbye to one last time. Alicia and I decided we would use our last day in Vietnam to explore the streets a bit more, get lost and get a massage and that’s exactly what happened.
Before we headed out I had searched recommended cheap spas in Hanoi, once finding one that was in walking distance we headed out to try and find it in the extremely busy streets of Hanoi. One person told us which way to go, when we got there we could not find a street by that name, so asked someone else and someone else and someone else. Turns out Vietnamese cannot read maps. Eventually we found a place that we thought looked ok. Turns out it was not operating today and is actually located a few kms away. So we just decided to go back to the original spa that was right by our hotel. It was a little pricy but still cheaper than home.
I got a Swedish massage that was so relaxing I nearly fell asleep and Alicia got her nails done. Once we were all relaxed again we strolled through the streets some more and put my bargaining skills to good use for things I thought I could never get. Sadly I now had to say goodbye to Alicia as she is now flying back to South Africa. I’m positive I will see her when I got home to visit family. So I’m glad I have something to look forward to.
I now have a new roomie for the night, Caroline an Irish girl from the group was going to book a hotel room down the road but I had a spare bed in mine now that Jenny has gone so it was perfect timing.
The few of us who were left, most leaving tomorrow, all meet in the lobby to go get some street food for dinner. We all got pho (noodle soup) which ended up being really nice despite the cleanliness of the place. It was filled with locals so that’s when you know the food will be good. Afterwards we went to street pub to have a drink and chat for a couple of hours before strolling back slowly trying to make our last night stretch out as much as possible. I am now packing up my bag for the very last time, tears streaming quietly down my face with sadness that my journey is over but also happy tears with remembering all the incredible things I have been able to do, see and experience.
xx Kirsty Claire xx