So now it really is decision time what to do next? I’m still not really loving life here but it is quite chilled and peaceful. Plus the island really is beautiful. Its the hardest decision so far!!
I have got used to working here but haven’t learnt to love it! I’ve turned into a recruitment consultant organising masses of emails from prospective employees and its alright. Another great opportunity has come up for me though, to teach in the evenings. Khai who owns Woodstock (where we previously stayed) also runs a small english school in town for low income families so that their children and young adults can learn to speak english. As it happens it came to my knowledge that 3 of their english teachers had left unexpectedly leaving the school in a bit of a turmoil so I started to offer some time to help out. Khai asked me last week if I will stay for a bit and the lessons have been going really well so thats a decision made. On top of all of this i’ll be getting paid $15 and hour and free food and accommodation at Woodstock should I wish at any point. Its all getting a bit better, we met some awesome people this week too and have spent lots of time partying with Tom and Emma and having chilled days on the beach with their little girl Izzie. The highlight of my week has been crashing at Woodstock and Izzie waking Joe up bright and early I think you’ll agree he doesn’t look too pleased!
We’ve also decided that we will leave Cat Ba climbing this week, Joes feeling ill and after a week of working two jobs i’m getting pretty fed up! There is the opportunity for Joe to come and teach with me or help out in Woodstock for a small salary! This will help us fund the next few months and also makes going to work a little more worth while when you actually get paid. We’ve made some more crucial decisions about our time in South East Asia this week… (look at us getting all organised) We’ve worked out that now i’m getting a wage we’ll be able to afford to stay in Vietnam longer and still hope to ride Hettie down to the south! The money i’ll be able to save should also fund us for a month in Cambodia so this now takes us up to March, we’ve booked a 2 day luxury spa stay in Phucket for the 1/2 of April (thank you Bill we will well and truly need it by then). heres the link so you can all get jealous:
And we’ve moved our flight to New Zealand to the 1st of May. Ahh it feel good to have a bit of a plan even though it will probably change.
This is turning into a bit of a ramble, but its okay because theres still more to catch you up on… I figured here; Halfway through this post i’d give you a little 3 month review. And yes i’m aware its not quite 3 months yet but i’ll be busy partying at xmas and won’t have time to write much so i’ll do it now instead. So far it has been ace!!! I still can’t quite believe it is real and that we’re really here. We really have had such a laugh and done some amazing things already and its mad to think we’re only at the beginning of our journey. We have spent a lot more money than we budgeted but I don’t spose that surprises anyone reading this, and obviously its been worth every penny. Cat Ba more than anywhere has had its highs and lows so far but we love this island its just the work situation thats been a bit bizarre/stressful but fingers crossed its all in hand now. We miss you all loads and I think Christmas is going to be very strange this year but i’m sure we’ll make it work somehow! (probably on the beach with a bottle – or two – of whiskey).
We’ve got quite friendly with the Vietnamese staff here especially 2 of the young lads that help out and sometimes go out climbing. We were walking home one night from our favourite bar Oasis and they stared shouting us over! They then proceeded to get us so much food Joe ate a chicken foot and loads of oysters and clams. I just stuck to my beer, but we had a really good night drinking with them despite the fact none of them speak a word of English.
So we had a rare day off together and I had no teaching as it was Sunday. Woooo!!! So we went to check out the Hospital cave and this Frog pond thing that Joe had been researching. We got to the hospital cave and rumour has it that if you drive past and walk int he exit its free… so we decided we’d give it a go only we pretty much got stopped straight away for trying to drive down a pedestrian only path! So we bottled it and decided to just pay the 50pence entrance fee. The hospital cave was interesting. The guide was on his lunch so we just got pointed in the right location which was fine by us. the beginning was all man made concrete chambers that used to be room and they had creepy models propped up all over the place in military uniform. The top bit was cool though a concrete floor with the actual cave roof, the third floor was out of bounds because its slippy but being the rebels that we are we decided to proceed anyway, no one died so its all good.
We stopped at the bar just outside for a mandatory beer before heading onto this frog place. The only actual reason we stopped was that there were a lot of really cute puppies and I wanted to cuddle them all. Half way through playing with the puppies a little girl came out of a shed with a pet snake so we had a hold of that as well successful stop.
We wanted to get back before it was dark so off we headed to the Frog place. On the way there were loads of sign saying you had to stop and pay an entrance fee but we ignored them and ploughed on through. About halfway up a track we got chased and nearly bitten by two ferocious dogs and then the road kind of ended and we came to the conclusion that we were probably meant to walk this last bit So back we headed past the now very angry dogs and decided that we’d give the frog cave/lake/pond a miss for today! Maybe next time!!
Hope you all enjoy this little update, love to you all