Dead puppies aren't much fun (Part Deux)
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In the morning, Tom woke me up and went out to get breakfast while I got ready. He came back with baked beans with rice, a sweet fried bread filled with syrup, and a dumpling filled with soup and noodles that was really great. I packed up my things and they walked me through a very busy market. Tom pointed out that there was a sale at a grocery store and that the shoppers lined up long before it opened to get the best deals. Sounds a lot like home.
In the market we walked by the pet stands. People were selling turtles, dwarf hamsters, and all kinds of very cute puppies. People were carrying puppies on their bikes or in plastic bags to sell. Then on one bike, there was a little cage in front with all kinds of fur sticking out mixed with clothing.
We tried to hail a taxi but were told there was an airport shuttle very close by that I should take instead. So we hopped on a crazy city bus and went to the hotel. Unfortunately the shuttle wasn't going to leave for another hour, but Tom found me a cheap taxi driver instead. We hugged and said goodbye as I got in the taxi. Then all the other taxi drivers standing around started laughing, saying "bye", and holding their arms out for a hug. I just laughed and waved at them all as we drove off.
I flew through Beijing which was horrible. The airport itself was nice, but it was incredibly confusing, even though more people spoke English there than anywhere else I'd been thus far.
I arrived in Hanoi and breezed through customs.
I found a good taxi and went to the hotel I wanted. It's Mid-Autumn festival in a few days and it just so happens they have a special night market set up by this hotel, so it was very hard to get to it. For the festival, the tradition is to buy children toys so this night festival was filled with kids choosing which toy they wanted this year.
I checked into the "not full" hotel and signed up for a tour of Halong Bay the next morning since my guidebook said this is one case where you need a tour. I checked out the night market which was fun and had some pho at a sidewalk restaurant with all the other locals. Then I headed back to the hotel to get ready for my trip the next day.