Trip Start Nov 08, 2007
15Trip End Nov 24, 2007
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We flew Vietnam Air and they were fantastic. I highly recommend them if you ever have the chance. Anyway, it was a short flight and we got a cab to the Old City. Found a hotel after walking around for a bit and checked in. Then we headed out to the streets of Hanoi for some exploration. And when I say streets, I mean it literally. You see, there are 349,278,590,824,759,083,475 cajillion Hondas parked everywhere on the sidewalk so you have to walk in the streets with the ones that are still driving
Anyway, we saw a water puppet show at about 6pm and that was pretty neat. It has been done for centuries here as a form of entertainment (once only for the royals)and has been critically acclaimed the world over. It was pretty neat but Allen was cramped into those seats for the 5'4" man for over an hour, so it was good to get out once it ended. Overall a good cultural experience. Glad we did it. It was chaos at the box office, and supposedly the seats were all sold out for today, tomorrow and Friday, but a young Vietnamese guy saw me asking people if they had any extra tickets we could buy and then he said he could get me some and he did! So nice; and he wouldn't even accept the tip Allen offered him. Wow.
That's surprising because so many people here seem to be out for a buck. A perfect example was the banana lady when we first got here. She came up and slipped the basket things she was carrying over my shoulder, threw her cone hat on my head and told Allen to take my picture
I guess since the US just lifted the embargo back in the early 90's and the tourism industry is just picking up here, people are trying to get their piece of the pie. Don't know, but it is definitely a change from BKK. We did not really encounter this at all. But we are having fun.
Dinner was at this place we saw on the Food Network, called Highway 4 and it was mediocre. Allen had some beef and rice dish with 2 beer and a liquor drink and I had a bottled water and alligator with chili and lemongrass and we had some bread with butter and sugar (you had to pay for that) and it was a little less than $16. Good atmosphere. Lots of strange things on the menu, including intestines, bull penis and friend scorpions. Not kidding!
Now we are at the café trying to book out Halong Bay trip and the hotels for Cambodia. Hope you are all well. Stay tuned for more tails from the road!
Love and miss you all!
Jenna and Allen