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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 cafés 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.
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.