posted by Eva
A couple days ago we decided to take a two-day bike trip in the freezing cold rain! We rode from Hue to Hoi An. It was about 80 miles. It felt a lot longer because it was very cold and very rainy.
While riding we passed a ton of people who wanted to practice their English, especially the kids. They would all yell out to us, “Hello, what’s your name? How are you?” We answered back “Sin giao,” which means hello in Vietnamese, and they laughed at us.
Along the way, I could see duck farms and cemeteries. The cemeteries were very unusual. Each grave at the cemetery was like a Buddhist temple, even though some of the graves had crosses on them. The reason why all these people could afford these grand graves was because their daughters had married foreigners and moved to the US, Canada, or Australia and they were sending money back. The tradition here in Vietnam is to honor your ancestors after they die with houses so they can protect the family in the afterlife. It seems like even the people who are Christian still practice this belief.
The company that took us on this bike trip was named Phat Tire. There were two boys who rode with us, Tinh and Gong. There was a van that drove behinds us. If we got tired we could just hop in the van. Seven miles of the second day were literally straight up so, Rikki, Maya, and I all got in the van. My mom tried for a little bit and then got in the van with us. My dad did the whole thing!