Picture of the Day 05.10.2015
Today was spend mostly on a scooter. Yes that was the first time I ever drove something powered that had only 2 wheels. But it was great fun. I started in Hue and drove all the way to Hoi An and live to tell it. Actually I thought it's pretty easy once you got the hang of it. Oh and I practiced almost every Environment that's possible. I started in the blazing sun in the Vietnamese city-center-traffic. After I left the city there was less traffic but the road-conditions were way worse. In the few hours of driving there I had countless cars honking (that's actually just the way they let you know they see you but want to go exactly where you are at the moment) but then I finally got into the mountains. The small 50ccm Yamaha was struggling a bit to get up there but I was still a lot faster than the trucks. The road I took was called the "Hai Van Pass" and it truly is one of the most beautiful roads in the world and so much fun to drive even for a bloody beginner. They way the road goes up the tree-covered mountain while still offering great views of the ocean in every turn just can't be described. I think everyone has to drive this road at least once in ones live.
Oh right I talked about every environment. Well once I reach Dang An (actually pretty hard to do since the supplied map was absolute shit and the Vietnamese don't like road-signs, it wouldn't be a challenge without them) it started pouring like crazy with still about 45min to go. And if it rains in Vietnam, it rains a lot. I was drenched after a few minutes and even to cheap poncho I bought for 5000 Dong did only help so much since it was design with a bit smaller people in mind. When I did eventually reach Hoi An, it wasn't just raining like crazy but also getting dark and rush-hour traffic started. But I survived everything and got safe and wet to my Hostel. I now definitely know that I need to get a motorcycle-license once I'm back in Germany.