the best of everything
(My Aussie friends, Richard and Miriam Smith at the Bo Bo Cafe for breakfast - see you in Mandurah!)
(Hoi An Town)
(Cafe 96, Hoi An)
I'm eating very very well here - maybe a little too well! Yesterday lunch at Cargo Club, I had nicoise sandwich with tomato and shallot salad and a mango lasse. Last night I was at Cafe 96 for Cao Lai noodles, White Rose shrimp dumplings and fried wonton salad with a mango shake. This morning, I was at the Bo Bo Cafe for a great tomato and mushroom omelette, baguette, pineapple shake and Viet coffee. No wonder all the gourmets come to Hoi An.
I had the pleasure of meeting Richard and Miriam Smith (Mandurah, Western Australia) at breakfast, and we exchanged restaurant notes as well as addresses. They're off to Nha Trang and points south by sleeperbus. Finally found the Viet Post Office and discovered that I've been sending postcards with the wrong postage to the USA (it's 9,000 VN), so I'm sorry if some of them didn't make it (will be sending many more).
Hoi An is also a shopper's paradise, and an art center. Not just cheap souvenirs either. It's dusty too, and my shoes are taking a beating (not to mention my feet). Thinking of renting a bike for this afternoon (the beach is about 2 miles down the road). Since this area is in the flood zone of VN, both Hoi An and Hue have pretty serious annual floods. Mosquito nets are a must due to the amount of rice planting here. At my hotel, the net is tied up like a giant jellyfish covered in lace.