Hoi An, the city of tailors and noodles
Trip Start May 31, 2012
70Trip End Aug 08, 2013
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Just kidding! We didn't do that, we're not exclusively wearing silk clothes now, that would be ridiculous! We're exclusively wearing denim. Just kidding! We're not doing that either
But we did get fitted for some custom fitted clothes. Kara got herself a very lovely dress and a silk shirt (silk!) and I got myself a casual looking blazer and collared shirt. The prices were very reasonable and now we have custom fitted clothes. But they're all slim fitting so neither of us can gain any weight or go on steroids. Now I'm going to have to find a new hobby for Australia.
Our time in Hoi An has been extremely relaxing and pretty lazy most days. We've spent lots of time at the two local beaches just out of town, swimming in the South China Sea. If anyone remembers the tv show China Beach, we were on the two beaches that are just south of China Beach. There's a whole line of 'em. Beautiful waters and cafes and bars on the beach makes for a pretty relaxing morning or afternoon. For instance, we spent most of this morning and the whole afternoon sitting under a thatched umbrella drinking mango juice and fresh lemonade, reading our books and jumping into the ocean when we got too hot.
Before that though, earlier this morning, we rode some bikes that we rented from the hotel out to a small village about 5 km west of here called Thanh Ha. It's well known for it's pottery and there are still numerous potters working their magic there today. We toured around the little town and bought some nice little trinkets (matching coffee mugs, little wine cups and some animal whistles). It was really cool to see all the freshly made pots and cups and bowls and stuff laying out in the sun, drying, before it's fired in the kiln.
Before that (I don't know why I'm doing this post in reverse, but I can't stop now!), we took a guided tour out to My Son, and ancient site with some temples still standing
We've spent a lot of our time here touring around town, trying out the local specialties and drinking coffee and cheap cheap beers. Fresh beer here goes for 15-20 cents a glass (about half a pint) and it goes down really well. Cans or bottles of beer range from 50 cents to 3 dollars, depending on the classiness of the joint you're frequenting. I bet you can guess the classiness of the joints we've been frequenting! The local specialties include cau lao (thick noodles with bean sprouts, herbs and topped with strips of pork), white rose (shrimp dumplings) and banh xeo (savoury rice pancakes, usually with shrimp in them)
Kara and I have decided that Hoi An and the surrounding area here has everything that we could ever want in a relaxing vacation spot; great food, beautiful beaches, friendly people, cheap shopping and free bicycles. We're really happy that we've spent the last 4 days here. It's been such a nice change of pace from Hanoi, the big city. I think we really needed this. And Kara got the itinerary for her first few weeks of orientation in Australia and I think it's going to be very busy for her, so another reason I'm glad we've relaxed here for as long as we did.
Well, dear readers, I suppose that the next time we talk, Kara and I will be in Australia. We're leaving Hoi An tonight on a 22 hour sleeper bus to Saigon where we'll spend tomorrow night, and then we fly out on Monday afternoon, arriving in Adelaide on Tuesday morning. I guess we'll be doing lots of travelling over the next few days... racking up those mileage points on the ol' travelpod here.
We've got a bag of peanuts, our digital libraries of hundreds of books, plenty of bootleg dvds and enough podcasts/music on our ipods to choke a camel, so I think we'll be ok. Besides all that, we kind of like each others company too.