|The main road|
It was hard going with the horns and the hangovers the next day but we were (I was) determined to make it to Hanoi for Christmas. My brother Ben had given me a Christmas present of some Vietnamese Dong for us to spend on a nice hotel over Christmas and some nice food. So we pressed on and found ourselves a nice place to stay for a few days.
|Christmas morning, the cat and the horn clock!|
We've been eating very well in Vietnam. They use a lot more fresh greenery than in China, lots of coriander and spicy leaves. Our favorite foods so far are Bun Cha, meatballs and veg in a soup with cold noodles and lots of green stuff with spring rolls, and Cha Ca, mud fish cooked on coals then fried with lots more green stuff and eaten with noodles and peanuts. Very very delicious. Even plain old noodles have become really tasty. Our time in Hanoi was mostly spent planning what to eat next. Least favorite was the live ants I accidentally ate and fed to Julian. I didn't notice until they were biting my mouth. I looked down at the biscuits and found they were alive with ants. We'd eaten a lot of them. We also haven't tried dog yet.
|Bun cha with spring rolls|
|Uncle Ho's mausoleum|
|Taking down the flag ceremony|