Shopping in the cold
10.02.2012 - 11.02.2012 12 °C
Oops, forgot to blog last night. Yesterday was our Market Day.
First it was back to the daytime Dong Xuan markets, which we visited the last time we came to Hanoi. Found an amusingly annoying gift for Plane Boy's nephew, but that was about it - the rest was basically multitudes of clothes, all in Vietnamese sizes so no good for us. Interesting to see the sheer volume of merchandise (some vendors lay asleep atop vast piles of their wares) but very narrow walkways and not much of interest.
Lunch was back at "the squid restaurant", where Plane Boy throrughly enjoyed his "meat fried miscellaneously". Nerdis thought she'd ordered a version of pho bo (beef noodle soup) but it turned out to be soft rice flour rolls stuffed with spiced beef mince and bean sprouts. A bit like giant yum cha rolls, very nice.
Plane Boy then checked out some book shops while Nerdia headed for the French Quarter. Not as impressive as she'd thought (and she never did find the Animal Museum marked on her map) but she still snapped a few shots of a spectacular building that turned out to be part of a university... maybe. And had a fabulous hot cholocate at a cafe with an Italian cafe, with American and Vietnamese TV playing.
At 6pm we ignored the light rain (and cold) to head for the nearby Night Markets, only to find they were only just being set up. Tried some brazier-cooked street food: delicious bread rolls filled with grilled pork bites, rather less delicious corn on the cob. Eventually the markets were ready: a very long line of stalls down the centre of a straight street, with cars blocked off but scooters galore still streaking past at close quarters. Not much on offer, though - much the same as in the daytime shops.
Time for a warming dinner at the Mexican place near our hotel: yummo! Nerdia loved her flauta (chicken and cheese tortilla served with really good black beans, nice fluffy rice, salsa and salad), and Plane Boy's homemade burger was so meaty it temporarily put him to sleep!
We spent this morning shopping. It's extra cold today: 12oC max, even Plane Boy is feeling it. Lovely! We've been checking Perth's temperatures online or on TV (smirk smirk), looks like we'll return to low 30s. Not too bad by recent standards!
That's it for now.