Victory Monument and Saxophone
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Tonight I checked out the area around
The monument was built to celebrate a victory over the French colonial authorities in the early 1940-41 which allowed
The monument sits in the middle of a large traffic circle, and even the sky train is diverted around it. Around the edges of the busy streets are numerous stalls and stands selling a variety of clothing, food, and knock-offs. I walked around for a while and stumbled upon the King Power Duty-Free Mall. This large glass building is essentially a huge, off-site, airport duty-free shop. When I went inside they asked me for my return flight information, which I obviously didn’t have on me, so they looked it up and gave me a card with my information on it. Then I was directed to an escalator which took me to the second floor which was filled with high end shops, which in typical duty-free fashion, all cost more than the identical shops located in other malls in
As an aside, I have never quite understood why this is. Alcohol is generally subject to so called “sin-taxes” which is why it makes sense that they would be much less expensive in a true duty free shop, but why is everything else more expensive? I know that in
After walking around the mall and looking at all of things I cannot afford at the regular mall, much less the duty-free one, I went to meet John for dinner. I considered buying a bottle of the cheap alcohol, but then I found out that you can’t actually pick up the goods until you are at the airport, which is why it is duty free.
John and I walked around for a while and then settled on a restaurant called “Seasoning.” We ordered three dishes to share: beef with fried clear noodles, spicy pork and lime salad, and Seasoning’s special fried rice (which had shrimp, chicken, and egg). All of the dishes were delicious. The pork salad had some serious kick to it, but the lime added a nice contrasting flavor.
After dinner, we headed for a bar called “Saxophone,” a two story Jazz and Blues Bar, located next to