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Winter Vacation - Hoi An, Vietnam 2006/12/29

A relaxing day in Hoi An


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After all of our fittings and our cooking class yesterday we decided that this would be a low-key day. We woke up later than usual and had a relaxing breakfast.

We strolled to the tailor three doors down from our hotel to get fitted again. Once we finished there we wandered through town. We came across this random temple and statue. We have no idea what it is but it was quite impressive.

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We also walked through the Japense covered bridge. This bridge was built by the Japanese workers that were here in 19th century. At the end of the bridge is a set of dogs and the other a set of monkeys. The story is that the bridge was started in the year of the monkey and finished in the year of the dog.

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The bridge was kind of interesting, however I think it is the Bow Falls (in Banff, Alberta) of Hoi An. Everyone talks about it and the guide books say you have to see the Japanese covered bridge, but then once you are there for 2 minutes you are going to see all that you will ever see. But, somehow people still spend hours there. I guess I'm not that kind of tourist.

After the bridge we wandered through town and picked up some more souvenirs then we ate lunch. And no surprise after lunch we had to go get fitted for more clothes. Once we got fitted we wandered back to our hotel. Once we got there Court read and I slept for a while.

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Once I woke up we headed out for supper. There was a restaurant that got some good reviews in the Lonely Planet book that we wanted to go to. We started out to hit this restaurant, however we left the book at home and I just marked the restaurant on our map with a dot. And, to my surprise the restaurant wasn't where I made my dot. I think it moved that day. Needless to say we didn't find it. We wandered around some more to find a restaurant. We crossed the river to check out some other restaurants. However, when we got even close to one of these restaurants someone was outside yelling at us to come in. So, we didn't go in any of them.

We crossed back over the bridge and were going to go down the main street, but it was flooded and we decided we didn't want to walk through the water from the river.

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We eventually settled on the restaurant where we met for our cooking class. We sat out on the front stoop. While we were there it started to rain. Vietnamese people are very smart and efficient. As soon as the first drop fell everybody broke out their ponchos to sell. We didn't bother to buy one; our plan was to just sit until it stopped raining (we're just glad it stopped an hour later; it would have been really cold sleeping on that stoop).

At one point it started to come down really hard, a lot harder than it had in a long time. We saw a poor family of five Westerners hiding in a little sheltered alcove to try to out wait the rain. But, we weren't the only ones to see them. It didn't take very long before two different Vietnamese ladies with ponchos for sale blocked them in. It was about 5 minutes of saying no before (we think) they just bought a poncho so that they women would let them out of the alcove.

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After it stopped raining we had to go back out for another fitting. Then we found an Internet cafe, called home and then hit the sack after successfully relaxing all day.

Posted by agc_cwm 19:38 Archived in Vietnam

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