Wednesday, 19 April 2017 – Day 6: Hanoi, VIET NAM (21.0278° N, 105.8342° E)
“Good food, good eating is all about risk…Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride” – Anthony Bourdain
The last time we were here was in 2010. Happy to be back in the foodie mecca…
We arrived here just before noon following our 2-hour, rather circuitous route, on Dragon Airlines from HKG; and will be here for two nights at the Apricot Hotel Hanoi. We are smack dab in the middle of the old French historic district.
One Minute Interview at HKG airport with Team Ying!
Teams are now well in their groove after the completion of two legs and have their travel mojo firmly working for them now as we reach our second international destination. I was proud of how everyone was so game in Hong Kong; working hard and having fun doing what they wanted to do while playing the travel adventure game we have devised.
First off, congrats to SLO Folks and Pre-Check Yourself for both getting as high as you can (physically) in Hong Kong to 118th floor of the Ritz Carlton Building. They split the Team Challenge of 100 points each.
Old Business…the Hong Kong Par 3 leg results are in following Peer Review assessments and official scoring:
In 10th place, earning 605 points: NOLA 2nd Line, who completed 23 scavenges.
In 9th place, earning 665 points: Long Gone, who did a BIG Bonus, but then complted only 11 other scavenges.
In 8th place, earning 690 points: Flying Snitches, who completed 19 scavenges.
In 7th place, earning 740 points: Traveling Bohimians, who also completed 19 scavenges.
In 6th place, earning 920 points: Thundersnow, who compeleted 27 scavenges.
In 5th place, earning 1010 points: YoloGoNow, who also completed 27 scavenges.
In 4th place, earning 1060 points: SLO Folks, who completed 31 scavenges, but no Bonus ones.
In 3rd place, earning 1070 points: Team Ying, who completed 23 point-ladden scavenges and one Bonus.
In 2nd place, earning 1195 points: TSA Pre-Check Yourself, who completeed 27 scavenges and one Bonus
And in 1st place, congratulations to Lawyers w/o Borders who earned 1355 points completing 35 scavenges and 2 BIG Bonus pointed ones on the second Par 3 leg.
That means that after two completed legs (par 4 of 27 completed)…the overall top 3 teams are:
3. Team Ying with 10 points
2. TSA Pre-Check Yourself with 7 points
1. Lawyers w/o Borders with 4 points
Official Leader Board.
I know some teams might be deflated and some elated with the scorces, but this is so early into the 2017 Global Scavenger Hunt, that neither should feel low or too high with themselves.
Okay…on to new business: Hanoi
Teams were given their Socialist Republic of Vietnam booklets revealing a tricky Par 3 with more than 60 optional scavenges to overwhelm them. There are some interesting “movement oriented” Bonus scavenges available to them?!
A few Hanoi area scavenges include:
-a Vietnamese cooking class.
-Attend the early morning flower market auction.
-Figuring out how to ride a water buffalo
-Hang out at Beer Corner with locals learning about what’s happening in Viet Nam.
-Finding an artist to make a famous reproduction for you.
They have 30 hours with our check-in time tomorrow night at 10:00PM (22:00) in the hotel lobby bar.
Not so famous artists….
I want to send a BIG thank you to all of you making online donations to the GreatEscape Foundation. It is greatly appreciated. In our 17th year now, we plan on building another coed elementary school from the proceeds.
10:00PM Check-in Deadline tomorrow night, Thursday, April 20th.