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Sunday in Hanoi

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(Happy people of Hanoi, taken from my table at City View Cafe)

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(my view as I ate lunch at a small cafe near Hoan Kiem Lake)

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(these kids yelled "hello" as I walked back to the hotel this afternoon)

A really lazy day in Hanoi. I got up, fooled around on the computer, went down for breakfast about 0900, and just walked, ate more, and shopped for things I have no real use for. The buffet breakfast at the hotel was super: fried noodles, bacon, breads, cheese, the greatest fresh mango juice (I had 3 glasses), coffee, butter and jam, and then they asked if I wanted eggs to order (I had a ham and onion omelette).

Just came back, took a shower, and have been trying to upload a few pics (WinXP works much differently with USB connections), and I almost gave up, but alas success!

Good hotel here - they give you a free fruit plate each day as well as do a complete daily room service - fresh towels, fill the mini bar, and make the king size bed, etc.

I went out again browsing the Old Quarter and reading the menues of the nice looking places, and then wandered down to the end of the lake to find out about the Vietnam Airlines airport bus for tomorrow's flight . Turns out it stops running around 1900, so either go then at 25K VND or wait till later and get a cab for 150K VND? (My plane leaves at 2330 I believe). On the way back, I passed an outlet of the famous Pho 24, and had a pretty good bowl at 38K VND (or $2.15). Pho 24 is VN's largest pho chain, and you can see it here at their website: http://www.pho24.com.vn/index.php

When researching this country, I heard reports of $ .90 bowls of pho - I just knew prices like that might be true, but darn hard to find.

No sooner did I finish my noodle soup than it started pouring out, and I was without a hat or anything else to keep me from getting soaked. I ducked into the large mall across the street to wait out the rain, and spent an hour exploring a pretty boring, 6 story mall of medium size (by our standards). Pretty dull since Hanoi is overflowing with excellent street shopping, and pretty empty too. I walked out into light rain and made my way back to the Gia once more.

I guess I'll watch a little TV and start to pack. I just turned on National Geographic - story about bird flu (so glad I avoided almost all poultry). VN cable is quite interesting: Korean, Japanese, Australian, American, German, British, Chinese, Russian and many VN stations. Who knew you could watch Animal Planet here! No wonder the Vietnamese are so very hip and up to date.

Bye for now.

Posted by Daawgon 11:58 Archived in Vietnam

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