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Hark the Herald Hanoi

Day in Hanoi

rain -20 °C

I’m sitting back in the place with the repetitive Christmas music. Except this time I’m drinking a Hanoi Beer rather than eating a pancake topped with sour mango bits. I’d actually hoped to escape Christmas altogether. Guess instead I’m getting it in Vietnamese. I tried.

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I contemplated doing this on my hotel bed, then I remembered it was hard and I’d be required to wear rubber slippers. I’m also avoiding wine.

So I walked. Around the perimeter of the map. Until it got soggy and my legs sore and my photo skills unappreciated. I also reckon that 90 sneaky photos of fruit sellers may be overkill.

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So here I am again being over-killed by Christmas music. Repeat. This is where Lucky resides. Lucky, who has connections to both the police and mafia. I figured that’s a good place to be. Seated somewhere in between law, laws and Christmas decorations.

I seem to find Lucky’s in different countries. The last was our rickshaw driver in Jaipur, India. This Lucky has less charm, but he has connections. To transport also.

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We’re on round 5 of the Christmas CD. Why does this feel familiar. Oh, 11 hour car trips with Boney M.

I tried to find dog meat. More like dogs on hooks. I didn’t. I’m disappointed. I found dried shrimp and squid and other unrecognisable things instead. I’m wondering if dog meat is red meat or white. Once I know that I can decide between beef or chicken for dinner. I may settle for shrimp.

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Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the new born king….

Besides that, there is colour here. I just decided to prefer black and white. That way red meat and white meat tend to have only tone differences and not colour as well.

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CD round 31. If I come back to Lucky’s for dinner, I’ll start the tally from scratch. It’s only fair. I’m in a foreign country. Always give one’s hosts the benefit of the doubt.

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Posted by JayneHol 01:41 Archived in Vietnam Tagged walking vietnam music christmas hanoi backpacking

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