Morning Market

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Morning shade
 

My favorite short pants had acquired several small holes, were fraying, and began to tear from a snagged toenail. With the Tet holiday about to kick off, it was important to dress as clean, fresh, and new as the coming year. Many shops had already closed for the holiday so if I wanted new shorts, I'd have to get them today. I decided to get a new shirt or two as well and pedaled to the Dam Market - maybe a mile and a half.

 

Traffic was just starting to stir a little before seven. The day was already light but sunshine had not shown except on the top floors of taller hotels. Sidewalk caf├ęs chattered with morning tea and coffee drinkers. Tet in Vietnam is a colorful time of year. Yellow Hoa Mai flowers are the most popular and sold from just about every vacant lot and street corner.

Life cycle of chicken, just shy of grill
They represent springtime - and prosperity in the new year. To the southern Vietnamese, the yellow hoa mai flower would equal the importance of a Christmas tree in the  U.S. Other red flowers and dwarf tangerine trees added color and freshness to cool morning air.

 

The area around the Dam Market bustled with activity during its hour before opening. I circled the round building twice as sunshine hit the outside stalls. Many fruit and vegetable venders were already set up and open for business. Nearby, some ducks and chickens were being sold alive but others boiled and de-feathered. Sidewalk grills sizzled those and other meats and fish. Cyclo drivers off-loaded crates and boxes of goods and produce. I took a Vietnamese iced coffee at a table not far from the main market entrance. It was a good spot to sit and watch nearby streets come alive.

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Morning shade
Morning shade
Life cycle of chicken, just shy of…
Life cycle of chicken, just shy o…
Off-loading cyclo
Off-loading cyclo
Morning around the market
Morning around the market
Morning market traffic
Morning market traffic
Delivery
Delivery
Coolers
Coolers
Chickens
Chickens
De-feathering
De-feathering
Colorful market
Colorful market
Scale
Scale
Cyclo
Cyclo
Cyclo full of garden treasures
Cyclo full of garden treasures
Morning selection
Morning selection
Motorbikes, cara, and a cyclo
Motorbikes, cara, and a cyclo
Hoa mai delivery
Hoa mai delivery
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