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Crabs and Christmas

What to do on Christmas eve

sunny 27 °C

For anyone worried that I am not experiencing the joy of Christmas, let me assure you that it is alive and bellowing in Hoi An. In fact, I am sitting at a restaurant across the road from my hotel listening to the owner and friends singing karaoke Christmas carols. Competing with the talented, wailing folk indoors, is the “I wanna weesh you a merry Christmus” from next door. I believe that it the same CD from the bar in Ha Noi and this song is similarly on round 6 and a half. Around the corner is an even louder rendition of Silent Night. Vietnam’s got talent.

And excess Christmas.

In fact, I bought myself a Christmas present. Two paintings from a local gallery.

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They could be considered an unnecessary splurge, but I propose that eating crab and drinking beer on a beachfront on an undeniably pristine day was far more indulgent (despite being stupidly cheap).

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I shall take this opportunity to weesh you all a meeeerrrry christmus, have a night more silent than mine and with any luck, hopefully you’ll hear jingle bells at midnight too.

(And for those fearful of not being visited by Santa, I believe he is vacationing in Vietnam. May I suggest a last-minute note requesting a karaoke set. Just ensure that you warm up your voice slightly more successfully than the lady who has finally finished...uh...just begun belting out another song…it doesn’t matter. I sent Santa an email on her behalf requesting some singing lessons.)

I’m up at 4am tomorrow. Not for Santa’s gifts, but for a taxi and then plane to Nha Trang.

Posted by JayneHol 06:49 Archived in Vietnam Tagged beer beach travel vietnam christmas happiness hoi_an crab cheap_food

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