The breakfast took place in the rear deck of the boats, the crew had already prepared everything in advance. The views as well as the ambiance were stunning, as the two heavy vessels, still tied together, gently floated upwards on the quiet Mekong River. The fresh morning breeze helped everyone to wake up quickly.
It took another one-and-a-half hours until we reached our anchorage, where we changed to small boats that would allow us to travel further river upwards and see Vietnam’s largest floating market.
There were an uncountable number of little barks and small rowing boats that sold almost anything related to Vietnamese food. There was a diversity of sights and scents, which carried on as we went onshore to visit a typical market in Can Tho. Pigs and chickens were taken apart with bare hands on the open street. The smell of this was not easy to take for everyone.
We all gathered on Saturday morning (yes, it seems long foregone!) in front of the Winterthurer Theater. Everyone was on time and you could see the excitement in everyone’s eyes. The trip started with a slight delay but the weather was on our side – which is crucial in this case- and we made it to Frankfurt on time. After a last meal on European grounds, we boarded our flight CA936 to Shanghai at 19:20. We (Stefi, Laura, Aniela) made sure all our crew was on board and comfortable. We were able to enjoy two stupendous Chinese meals on board, a usual chicken-or-beef dinner and a special breakfast consisting of beef-noodles, quite a new gourmet experience for many of us. The eleven hours went by peacuflly for most. Once in Shanghai we were warmly greeted by our Chinese tourguides, Yuan and Gong. Continue reading →