I walked my sandals off yesterday, so I think I'll take it easy today. I checked out of the Kangaroo a few minutes ago to the tune of 1,119,000 VND (I believe this is 75. or 80.). I tried withdrawing extra Dong this am (the ANZ bank ATM said up to 9,500,000 VND was possible) but then would only give me 2,500,000. I need extra cash since I'm off to Sapa in the Highlands on tonight's train, and no ATM's in that area (so the book says).
Just came back to Hanoi Windows again, and they very kindly reconfirmed my Asiana return flights for me (never did figure out the VN phone system let alone coin operated ones).
I'll be living high off the hog when I return to Hanoi from Sapa at the end of the week. I booked into the Gia Thinh Hotel at 19 Hang Bac St. (much closer to the lake). The Gia Thinh is brand new, and at $35. is a little out of the flashpacker range, but I did see the room and it looks like a VN Hyatt (beautiful rooms with in-room DSL, flat screen computers and such.) I just hope I can get some sleep on the sleeper tonight (King Express 4 berth, superior class out, and Livitrans/King Express 4 berth first class on the return) - for a total of $55. for the train tickets.
I have had one great vacation here, but will be very glad to see my Spud soon. I show his picture to everyone, and always keep it out at my hotels.
A new record for shoe shine offers this am - at least 12 hawkers so far. They're much more polite here than in Saigon, and just walk away after a wave or 2 of the hand.
I'm eating too darn well here, and might have actually gained some here in Hanoi? It was cooler this am (in the 60's) but it's now warming a little, and I'll predict a high of 78 - 80 here today.