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Interview | Watermelon in front of the China Sea

This fall is particularly exciting for actress Marta Belenguer, as she returns to take the stage with the famous play The Grönholm method, recently premiered at the Cofidis Alcázar theater in Madrid. Here he reminds us of another exciting experience: his trip to Vietnam in 2000.

Was the trip carefully prepared?

Mentally, yes, because Vietnam was my dream destination. But from Spain we only buy the plane tickets: the one way to Ho Chi Minh City, the old Saigon, and the return from Hanoi, in the north.

So, it was a bit of an adventure.

Something like that, because then there were no mobiles like there are now. When we saw a parlor we would go in to send a e-mail to our family and little else. We carried the guide Lonely planet just in case, but mostly we improvised.

Did they go with a suitcase or a backpack?

On that trip we took the backpack with clothes for six days. When we arrived in a city we immediately went to the laundry.

Which city did you like the most?

I prefer Hanoi. I found it more authentic and traditional. People cycled and the city was full of beautiful temples. Ho Chi Minh, on the other hand, had a lot of motorcycle and car traffic and many technology stores.

To get away from the urban bustle, did you go to the coast?

Yes, to the beaches of Hue and Nha Trang. I have a special memory of the latter: we were on a semi-empty beach, because people there go to the sea early to avoid too much sun, and suddenly an elephant appeared. A boy led him and they walked along the shore.

After the beach calm, did you go on any excursions?

We did trekking by the rock islets of Halong Bay in the China Sea. The archipelago has about 2,000 and is a world heritage site. We got six travelers with a native guide. We were all very prepared with our boots and he, on the other hand, wore flip-flops. Upon reaching the top of the rock, with beautiful views, the man took two watermelons from his huge backpack and opened them for us to eat.

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