Crazy night at Crazy Kim's
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The Swedish Duo financed their travels by entertaining wherever they could. For several months they played each Sunday night for a couple of hours at the popular Crazy Kim's in Nha Trang. Alexander strummed guitar while Mirja sang and they drew a lively crowd of travelers and locals alike. Crazy Kim's was perfect for live entertainment with a spacious front bar with high ceilings and a large dining area with a smaller bar in the back. Kim appreciated the boost in business since there were not all that many visitors in town during the off-season. While the Duo played, food and drink flowed and the place buzzed awash in dance, cheer, and good-time laughter. Every once in awhile pretty waitresses even got up to dance on the bar to enliven the night further.
Alex and Mirja rented the third floor at Wilson's house. I often heard them rehearsing since I lived on the second floor at the time. Then Richard, another talented musician, came to town for a few days and rented another spare room on the second floor. The American bar owner-turned-schoolteacher was well known in Nha Trang but had since moved to Ho Chi Minh City. After twelve years in Vietnam at a variety of jobs, he spoke the language fluently. It probably helped having that finely tuned musicians ear to master Vietnamese which is a difficult tonal language. While the Swedish Duo took a break Richard took the stage. The crowd cheered him on. Vietnamese patrons in particular whooped and whistled immediate recognition of the former resident. Even the kitchen staff came out to hear him sing several traditional folk songs in their own language. The western crowd was equally amazed.