success at last
I got the brilliant idea this am to save images from Flickr to local disk, and then to upload into Travellerspoint without reloading from my memory stick. It worked too!
Just had a wonderful breakfast at Highland's Coffee of fresh coconut juice, VN coffee, VN breakfast plate of fried egg, bread, cold meats/pate and fruit plate. After suffering with VN ice cream, I discovered wonderful gelato stands here across from H.K. Lake (every bit as good as Portland too!) Also saved a little last night by eating off a street stand that sold a sandwich (banh) of grilled meat or kebab with salad and other veggies + chili sauce (the VN gyro of sorts - EXCELLENT too, I'll be back, and only 15,000 VND). This is truly a foodie country. One reason for the air pollution is the thousands of charcoal burners for street stalls selling food of all sorts. Thuong introduced me to che, or a sort of tapioca snack mixed with various fruits or those tiny balls they put in bubble tea + crushed ice - very very good. And I was afraid they'd have nothing but pho (pronounced "fur"). Thuong, herself, is happy with soup noodles of some sort three times a day.
A few minutes ago, I pulled out a few 500 VND notes to give to a monk, but he wanted the big stuff, and refused me. As I was attempting to give alms to the poor, one of the clerks here at Hanoi Windows center was giving me negative hand gestures through the window, or as if to say "don't do it!" When I went inside, she said that the government doesn't appreciate these begging activities of the monks at all.
I guess it's time to continue my exploration in the Old Quarter. Till next time ...