Halong Bay is My Favourite Place in the World

Well, for now.

It was, without a doubt, a must-see place for me.  It’s somewhere I had researched and researched.  I had looked at hundreds of pictures, read hundreds of blogs, I’d even dreamt about the place.  So, when I visited, it felt extra special.

Tuesday 5th June 2012

After breakfast in Hanoi, we joined a coach full of others and set off for Halong Bay.  Unable to sit next to each other, I spent the journey sleeping and listening to the Regina Spektor album I had just downloaded.  Now, every time I listen to that album, I relive the excitement of that journey.

Following a brief stop, we arrived at the port.  We were offered a strange looking (and strange tasting tea) and settled down to play cards for about twenty minutes.

Later, on the boat, we were treated to an amazing buffet lunch.  Not one for seafood, I accepted that I’d have to be experimental and made a conscious effort to try everything.

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The First Night in St Petersburg

We arrived in St Petersburg at around 6pm. We then went through passport control, where the airport staff looked particularly frightening.  Then we quickly found our bags – although it did involve a brief dash across the airport in snow boots when I saw our bag from a few hundred meters away! We then debated whether or not to get a taxi to our hotel (the easy option) or try and find our way there using public transport.

We opted to try public transport.

 

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