I decided to have a late brunch at Phong Nha Farmstay on Wednesday 6th January and from there I planned my lift to Dong Hoi. As I ate my beef noodle soup (pho bo) and fried veggie spring rolls I read the news.
Just 4 days after Vietnam had discovered the new variant of the Corona virus had come in to the country from the UK, there was an announcement from the Vietnamese Prime Minister that they would suspend all flights from the UK. It’s worth noting no holiday makers had been allowed in for over 10 months now, this meant any special flights or repatriation flights would be stopped! Of course with no flights coming in from the UK that usually means they don’t go to the UK either. Here’s the link if you want to read more.
https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/853302/pm-orders-suspension-of-flights-from-uk-south-africa-due-to-new-coronavirus-variants.html.

I left with Phuong’s Transfers at 12.40 and arrived at my physio appointment before 1.30pm, my first one this year. Building works had started out the front of the clinic and it was slightly hazardous for anyone with walking difficulties. Inside there had been walls knocked down and a bit of wallpaper put up. My physio went well, no pain in particular aside from my ankle and my visa agent, Kimmie, popped in to pick up my passport so that I could apply for another one month visa extension.

On the way back, in Phuong’s comfy minibus, Captain Caveman messaged to say he was also on his way home and we decided to eat out, at the Phong Nha Farmstay. Matty was there and so we shared a table and a bottle of wine, he ordered the carbonara, Captain Caveman had one of his favourite meals, meat pie, chips, beans and gravy and I had the pork clay pot with steamed veg and rice – it’s my new favourite dish now. When we got home the room had been cleaned and it was so nice to get in the freshly made bed and not have to get up too early the next morning!

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