16.11.2013 - 17.11.2013 22 °C
We are now in Hue (which confusingly seems to be pronounced Way). It was very briefly the capital of Vietnam and as such has a forbidden palace (a little a long the Chinese style) and some rather impressive tombs. The tomb of the 4th king was used as a palace during his reign and included his own zoo, hall for dancing girls and a lake to chill out in. He also had 102 wives!! That's not including his concubines!
Personally I think the original settlers of central Vietnam had the right idea - society ruled by women. A woman could have as many husbands as she wanted provided she could pay a dowery of 1 water buffalo (2000 pounds), the husbands had to cook, clean, look after her, manage her estate etc. Have told Dan that he is worth a water buffalo!! ; )
Speaking of water buffalo - we rode one yesterday!! It was pretty cool, although it could really slap with its tail. We had a sweet Vietnamese guy on the buffalo with us, who didn't speak much English but sat there singing "buffalo, buffalo, buffalo" over and over again - it was pretty funny. One of the girls freaked slightly when she was riding him and he stopped to open his bowels in the middle of the rice field.
Next stop is Halong Bay, another over night train and bus - we will be travelling for about 17 hours this time! Ipods are charged and book is at the ready.