The Dam Market
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My time to depart was rapidly approaching and I still needed to replace the shoulder bag that was stolen last month - the bag I had used since 1980 from Nairobi, Kenya. Loss of the bag seemed worse than the loss of its contents -like the loss of a trusty companion. It had seen the world several times over.
But most of all, I put off replacing the bag because I dread the noisy, bustling, hustling crowds of main markets. When I finally entered Nha Trang's, I was pleasantly surprised. The Dam (Vietnamese word for swamp) Market seemed more like a circular shopping mall in the western world.
The fruit, vegetable, fish, and meat venders all had their stalls along the outside perimeter of the Dam Market.
I checked out the shoulder bags of four venders inside the market and two outside. I finally selected a copy of a Diesel-brand bag, not for its name but its soft heavy material, compact size, and numerous zippered pockets inside and out. For $4, I was content with the purchase and next year when I come back to Nha Trang, will know where to do my shopping.