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Onlyboy (13) writes about the train journey from Hué to Da Nang.

“ONLYBOY!”

“WHAT?”

“WAKE UP!”

“FINE.”

Ah, another day – another dollar.

Time to pack. Wait a minute, we only stayed here for one night.*

I slept in my day clothes.  I don’t have anything to pack.

That doesn’t stop my dad.

“Get ready,” he says as I play on my ipod.

“With what? I’m all packed,” I say.

“Just go!”

Okkkkk.

Then the walking.  Ughhhhh.  It was fun at first walking. Through the train station, on the street and through the park.

But you would not BELIEVE how repetitive it gets. “Ooooh, there’s a house, there’s a shrub, there’s a street vendor etc etc etc.”

And then the waiting.  It’s nice at first. After all that walking, a relaxing rest. Then after 2 minutes it gets boring.

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Take today for example.  Waiting in the waiting room (real original name) for our train.  An announcement to go into another waiting room to board.  Another stinking waiting room.   Then after another 15 minutes we were let out onto the train platform. And no train.  More waiting.  Yay.  Finally we board the train.  And more waiting.  I was next to an Austrian guy.  He was nice.  We chatted for a bit.  Then my dad came over and I could drop out of the conversation.  That’s about when i my ipod died.  So I switched seats with Paris.   Unfortunately…

Her seat wasn’t next to the outlet like I thought.  So I had to reach over a sleeping Lastborn in the row behind me to the outlet.  I could almost reach it.

CRRRAAACCCKKKKKKKKKK!!!  The seat snapped.  You know you can press a button and the seat goes back? Well that happened.

But this time it went back without the button.  For what seemed for 5 seconds I had no idea what happened but I’m pretty sure it happened in less than than 1 second.  Firstborn (who was next to Lastborn) couldn’t stop laughing.  Lastborn was STILL ASLEEP.  I don’t even know how she did that.   The chair back had landed about a centimetre from her face.  The Austrian dude came over and helped me put the seat right.

And I got the charger after it was all sorted out.  We waited some more and then went off the train with the crowd in Da Nang.  Into our taxi to go to the beach house we had rented.

*Hué: Man, this town is nice – very little traffic, an amusement park and a river.  Also an old imperial walled city.  We loved it and wish we had had longer to visit.

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