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15 December 2018

Still wet in Hoi An

Blue skies and Hoi An yellow

Blue skies and Hoi An yellow

11 December 2018

We’ve had to give up our search for the last langur in our set of four. Should have been the easiest, but apparently it still hasn’t stopped raining in Da Nang and now landslides have blocked the road onto the Son Tra peninsula. So, no langur.

We actually got some blue sky here in Hoi An, albeit not for very long. This evening we took a street food tour, just ourselves and a local guide called Phuc. It was a good walk, interesting conversation, we learned a bit more about Vietnamese food and dining, and had a few nice dishes. I think it was nice to fill in some knowledge gaps, and we hadn’t anything better to do with ourselves, but I’m betting that these street food tours are a lot more exciting to people who haven’t already spent two weeks in Vietnam trying all the street food they can find!

Food tour with Phuc

Food tour with Phuc

We ended our tour in a place that sold a sort-of dessert called Che, and where they also had a big TV to watch the big match between Vietnam and Malaysia. The local team started brilliantly with a 2-0 lead but frankly their chief strength is manic energy, and eventually the better skill and organisation of Malaysia dragged them back to a 2-2 draw.

It’s strange getting used to the blurred line between family home and business premises that we just don’t have in the UK. It was most definitely the family TV that we were watching the football on, and the crowd was basically the family of 7 or so plus maybe 4 customers of their restaurant including us. At another restaurant they showed me where I could wash my hands before eating… and all the family’s toothbrushes and other toiletries were lined up by the sink. When I went to use the washing machine in our Da Nang guesthouse early one morning I found the maid asleep beside it, and tiptoed quietly out to return at a more reasonable hour!

It started chucking with rain again as the football got underway, and so we had to wade home again. We’re both coming down with a cold. Which can’t really be due to the rain, as I’ve never so much as shivered in spite of only wearing a T-shirt. No, some bugger has given us both the lurgie at the same time. Grr.

Lanterns in Hoi An

Lanterns in Hoi An


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