Rider on the street…

Today was the first rainy day. So, walking about did not look very promising. I decided on a reading day instead. I even got out my Vietnamese text book 🙁 But that is absolutely hopeless. No chance to learn any of the language without a teacher next to you!

Running out even of milk and water I utilised the opportunity when it stopped raining around 4 pm to hop on my motorbike and ride to the centre. Last year I had found a very decent liquore store there. The difference now was that I was on a motorbike, squeezed in between other thousands of motorbikes that change speed and direction all the time! Well, I got lost quite a few times. And when I was finally close to my goal my bike slipped on one of the many wet manhole covers (while changing direction) – and there I was sprawled all over the street. Shite! Too cocky and too self-confident as mostly. Mr. Superdriver who knows it all! I probably needed that lesson! Fortunately, the Vietnamese are compassionate and great people – and while I was still struggling to get up, some pedestrians had already stepped on the street, lifted and turned off my bike and kept the monumental wave of bikes and cars that was moving in from behind from simply overrunning me 😛 Fortunately, I managed to “slide” the bike softly onto the street – protecting it with my left leg…no damage to the bike at all – but my leg looks a little bruised. My knee will probably be twice its regular size tomorrow morning.

I wish I had my ex-Maria here. She could make me her world-famous bandage with raw potatoes and I would be back in perfect shape tomorrow morning 🙂

So, I have to take it as it comes. Like the disappointment that the liquor store had no Havana Club, only Bacardi. Good, that I have become humble and modest.

I need to do a little ironing still as I will be leaving for a two week stint in Thailand tomorrow morning – and have been changing shirts at a very high rate. The rest is already packed, as I won’t need much for two weeks. There it won’t be Cuba Libre but rather Mekong “Whiskey” with coke 🙂 I hope that the Thai chili diet will get rid of any swellings in my body quickly – hey, wait a moment on second thoughts…

Maybe I will try to get some cream for my knee at the pharmacy in my little street. The Vietnamese granny there does not seem to speak any languages, however. It will be interesting with what ointment I will come home after a series of two-sided misunderstandings 🙂 Life sometimes is not only a “song” but can even be a challenge 🙂 But a great one 🙂 I love every moment of it…