The truth is we're bored of it now and tired of the things that have bothered us all along here. At first broken sidewalks and garbage around seems different and quirky, but after a month it's annoying and gross. Surely to goodness, one advantage of communism is you get to tell people what to do; we'd strongly recommend to the leader that he institute a national clean-up policy. In one month they could rid the streets and countryside of the plastic and garbage everywhere. This is not complicated. And don't just do it for the tourists' sake - do it because people should want to live in a tidy place, and perhaps they just need to be shown how simple it really is.
I remember when I was in India years ago, and we was bothered by the towns and rice fields being littler with plastic bags and bottles - the only things they didn't burn. It's like that here. And as I drink all my water from plastic bottles here, I know I'm a hypocrite. I put them in the garbage, but were do they go from here?
Yesterday we went to the beach 14km east of Hue. We packed our towels, goggles and enthusiasm and marvelled at the simple and dirty countryside as we drove there. The beach was an absolute disappointment. Though the natural sand and shoreline is lovely, we were the only people on it (it is winter here so the locals don't come), and it was littered with garbage. It looked like old buildings had been torn down and new simple structures might be ready to go up, but it was just so ragged looking. I know you have to crack some eggs to make an omelet, but his was too much.
We walked carefully along the rough sea's edge avoiding stepping on glass and strewn garbage. We had read that restaurants were on the beach, but nothing was open. We got to the north end and went into the one nice resort here. We knew we were overpaying greatly for lunch, but we settled in for an while playing pool and fooze ball to recover from the disappointing beach. Even this fine resort appeared to have only 4 guests - we were happy to double their lunchtime crowd.
Regardless of the perhapses, Australia is a bright light ahead, and we are all ready to go.