The Empire City: Hue

Warning: this blog post is pretty much going to just be an assortment of photos, because ZOMG Hue was BEAUTIFUL!!

I think one of the coolest things about traveling is meeting people – while initially I was planning on traveling alone, there was a (brief) moment that I considered traveling with my (now-ex) boyfriend, and to be honest, I’m super glad I’m not. There’s something really refreshing about going to a country where you know no one, and you’re WITH no one; forcing you to step outside the comforts of what you know, and interact with people whom you might share commonalities with. My newfound friend, Allan (who is from Brazil) is one of those kindred spirits that I met only three days ago, but yesterday, we decided to travel to Hue together. And yes. It was magnificent.

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Allan and I met 8am. Both tired as funk, but excited for the day… well, I was at least šŸ˜›

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We waited at the train station

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And arrived at Hue train station to find various stalls and street stores – one of which sold bamboo pipes…

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Hue was ridiculously humid – even more than Da Nang, I think – so we ambled around looking for a cafe. Which we found – Mr B’s. “B” stands for “bah” which means “small” in Vietnamese.

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The cafe was rad! The interior design was funky, and the menu was brilliant. They say no good story ever started with a man eating a salad, but my watermelon yoghurt smoothie was pretty ace.

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Finally we arrived to the centre of the Empire City

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Almost every building boasted a Vietnamese flag

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And the city itself was surrounded by a moat

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To try and ward off as many attackers as possible (Vietnam has been colonized by quite a few countries, including the French, English and apparently even the Spanish).

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The rubbish bins were amusing

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And the architecture is simply stunning…

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The intricate detail that goes into every little piece of artwork, or design was incredible…

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Even the windows were funky…

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The statues and monuments were excellent, as always…

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(there were nine urns in total, and each represents a different dynasty in Vietnam)

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Even the garden hedges were artistic:

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The weather really turned it on for us

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Especially the sunset
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Before heading back to the train station, we decided to kill a bit of time at B’s cafe again, and happened to meet a guy called Viet, who was the magician behind the artwork and design of the place!
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He was awesome
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Thank you, Hue!
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