Wow! So only a stone’s throw away from Danang is the lovely, picturesque town of Hoi An. It’s actually a UN-designated world heritage site which is full of old houses, temples, and beautiful crafty stores.
Unfortunately, the pics will be slow coming cuz I can’t upload them quickly here but they will come once the IT guys at the uni “fix” (hack and “soup up”) my laptop.
Anyway, I spent an afternoon there, after being ripped off on the bus (they made me pay $1.50 instead of $0.50 but oh well), and within minutes, was charmed to death. I got a pair of dressy but “monsoon proof” sandals, two silk bags and an orange necklace for under $20! The necklace was a splurge though cuz I don’t really need it at this time. See Melodie, I can for sure get you one or two sans probleme!
And the food is delicious: their specialty is called cao lau, a marinated noodle with crispy rice paper and thinly sliced pork. And their milkshakes do not contain condensed milk so they will fit nicely into my diet. 🙂
And there are a million foreigners here! In Danang, they are few and far between but in Hoi An, I saw a French contingent from Normandy and they said that we were like cousins!!! Yippee! Then I met an Aussie family with redheaded 5 yr. old twins! Then I saw another cute French guy but he was a bit too “old” looking for me (aka il etait poilu) so not to my taste.
I need to post the pics cuz my fuzzy descriptions probably do not represent the beauty of this wonderful place.
And then on the way home, I faced incredible danger. I missed the last bus and had to decide b/w an hour long motorbike ride in the DARK (me = afraid!) or a doubly $$$ taxi ride. I flipped my coin so many times but decided on the motorbike cuz I have spent way too much here (see phone call posting). It was dark and I was scared but then it turned out that many ppl take this ride and so I had nothing to be afraid of. IT was fabo and I’m glad that I didn’t choose the safest route cuz then I’d be broke. The dust got to me eyes a bit but my driver was tres, tres amicable and so I had fun, challenged my “wussiness”, and got to see the area in another light. Cool!