Friday, February 15, 2008
Shit Gets Real
We could've taken a plane to Vietnam; it would've saved us a lot of time and headaches and all that, but I've never been to China and this trip is about keepin' it real! So instead of taking a 30 minute flight, Chris and I embarked on a 48-hour scramble that put us on 3 trains, 2 cars, a 17-person van, and a scooter. Broken down, it goes a little something like this:
Hong Kong > Guang Zhou > Nanning > Pingxiang > Random Village Border Crossing - Friendship Pass (China Side) > 12,000 Random Villages (Vietnam Side) > Hanoi > Beers
Shit got real. How real? We got held prisoner on the China side of the border due to our Shady Ass Visas. We saw a scooter-related fatality on the road to Hanoi. Lots of peeing and pooping in the street. Blood. But check it out: Hazelnut Snickers! The Bomb!