Think of your worst sunburn ever. And then add a little more sunburn. That was how my skin felt after being on the back of a motorbike for a day.
Anyone that has been in Vietnam can tell you it can get really hot. The day we hopped on a motorbike tour in Vietnam from Hue to Hoi An was no different. Excited and nervous about getting on a motorbike with a complete stranger, it never occurred to me that being in the sun all day could have a not so happy ending for me.
About one hour into the tour, I started to notice my skin turning red. This happens, I’m a pale Dutch girl and I turn red before I tan. At this point I could have asked the driver to take my backpack off the motorbike and get my suntan lotion. But I didn’t. I thought I would be fine (the drive takes about 5 hours, I don’t know what I was thinking). So we just drove on. And it was hot, even on the motorbike there was no escaping the Vietnamese heat. With every stop I could see myself getting redder and redder. Somehow I kept hoping that it would be okay and that I wasn’t really sun burnt but just looking a bit reddish today. When we finally arrived in Hoi An I was turning purple and Nick was a nice bright shade of red.
At first I didn’t think it was that bad but when I looked at myself in the mirror I knew I was screwed. We were out of after-sun lotion and apparently we also left our brains in Hue. So instead of looking for a place to buy some after-sun, we went straight into Hoi An’s happy hour. To soothe the pain we made sure to drink a lot of happy hour mojitos. It worked, nothing beats sunburn like a couple of mojitos.
Did you ever forget your suntan lotion anywhere? Or anything else clearly essential?