Day Trip to Hoi An
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Woke up in da nang and had breakfast at the GVN office. Met Viet and a few other staff members, as well as some incoming vollies like myself. Then we got taxis and spent the day wandering the streets of Hoi An. I spent most of my day with Emma, the australlian woman who came in at the same time as me the night before. We sat at a cafe along the river watching boats and passersby, drinking and chatting for hours. It was too hot to be out in the streets. We also went to Viettown a silk shop that tailors clothing. I went a little wild with my spending and got a Vietnamese dress with white pants for underneath, a vientamese style top in turquoise blue, a vest and trouser set with burgundy shirt, and a cream colored winter coat.
The people are a bit pushy. I had an old lady stare me down, felt quite unwelcomed. The lady at the shop, who made alot of money off of us was nice though, go figure. She offered to give us a tour next time we're in town and she gave us plenty of her business cards. The food at the restaurant we sat at for lunch was fabulous, so much so that we went back for dinner. This time with a couple from NZ. The husband is deaf and I can't imagine how infuriating that must be for him. He's forced to be at his wife's mercy. He can hardly understand us so she repeats everything or signs it for him. Must be so difficult for the two of them, i'm real impressed that they'd want to come all the way here and volunteer for 3 months.
Every where I see flags with the hammer and sickle, red flags with gold stars, Ho Chi Minh's face is across all the currency and in some shops as well. There's trash in the streets, homeless dogs running about.
There are some really beautiful spots in Hoi An that I saw today, and with all the investing to promote tourism I'm sure it'll get up there with some of the more popular cities for foreigners to visit, in a few more years time.