I left Hoi An and made my way to Hue (pronounced "way"). Hue was the imperial city of the Nguyen Dynasty and is famous for the Citadel, the Forbidden City and lots of tombs. The forbidden city housed the emperor, princes and princesses, and concubines, you know, the usual. I don't usually hire guides because it's expensive so I found a tour in progress and followed them around until the guide spotted me, but before he did I learned that if someone broke into the forbidden city the punishment was DEATH. Pretty intense.
|One of the gates into the Forbidden City|
|Extreme Koi Pond!|
|10% of the forbidden city remains. The rest was bombed in the 40's.|
|All of these are made from broken pieces of ceramic dishes|
|Apart of the 10% that remains of the forbidden city|
I met Erika at the hostel I am staying at here in Hue. She had been in contact with the shelter and asked if I wanted to join her. Together with Erika and Lisa (another traveler I met on my way up from Hoi An) I went to the shelter. When we arrived we met Ai, a Vietnamese American from Texas who has been volunteering at the shelter for almost 2 years. Although we went with the intention of helping, we really only had a chance to tour the building and learn more about the organization.
|Lesson of the day: Make sure you aren't the only one making a "funny face" in the picture.|
|The mattresses were donated recently... tempurpedic, very nice.|
|On the right is the house mother. She was very shy so I had to get this sneaky shot.|
And that concludes my trip to Hue. Tonight I ride to Hanoi, sleeper bus all the way. Next post: HO CHI MINH. The man preserved.