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An exceptionally busy couple of days

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You'll have to forgive me for not writing for the past few days. Two days in a row I had morning tours. The first was a sunrise photo tour (I got up at 4 to meet the van at 5) and the next day was a tour to My Son which left around 8. The next day, I also had an early start - to go to the bathroom and vomit. It still turns my stomach to think about it, but something in my salad from the night before definitely made me sick. I won't be going back to that restaurant again!

So that's the reason I didn't use that "tour-less" day to write - I was sick in bed the entire day instead. I'm in Ho Chi Minh City now (formerly Saigon) and have already had a lot of fun and gotten some great pictures here, but I'll save those for the next post since I know you've been waiting patiently for this one.

IMG_3474.jpg Me and a local woman in Hoi An who asked to get a picture with me

IMG_3522.jpg Street scene in Hoi An

IMG_1154.jpg My first picture with assistance from the professional on my tour (these plastic bottles will later contain fish sauce)

IMG_1157.jpg Fish sauce factory

IMG_1158.jpg Some unused fish sauce baskets - this seems to be a popular shape in Vietnam

IMG_1162.jpg The large cask in the background is for making higher-grade fish sauce, what the guide called "liquid gold"

IMG_1170.jpg This boy was running around and laughing so much, this is the only clear shot I got of him

IMG_1177.jpg My photo tour guide had been visiting this village for two years and apparently never asked her for a photo. She stopped him one day and asked if he didn't want to take her picture because she was too ugly - now I think she's a regular on the tour

IMG_1180.jpg Trying my hand at "panning"

IMG_1199.jpg These next few pictures are from "My (pronounced May) Son" - it's a complex of partially ruined Hindu temples that was built between the 4th and 14th centuries by the kings of Champa. A large majority of the buildings here were destroyed by US carpet bombing during the Vietnam War

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IMG_1221.jpg This dog was so cute! He wouldn't let me pet him, though.

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IMG_1319.jpg On the way back to Hoi An from My Son

IMG_1320.jpg My hotel room (one of just 5!) at the Villa Hoa Su Frangipani - as the following pictures show, this is the most beautiful hotel I've ever stayed in (but perhaps too romantic for a gal travelling on her own)

IMG_1332.jpg Looking across the pool to the pavilion in the middle of a lotus pond

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IMG_1347.jpg Relaxing-looking couches in the pavilion

IMG_1350.jpg A close-up of a lotus flower

Please wait a couple of days for the next post!

Posted by feiheli 14:33 Archived in Vietnam

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Hi Holli~
Really happy to "see" you again!!! You look great!
Pictures are amazing, very professional, haha~
And I received your mail, thank you so much. You have two cats?

Anyway, Merry Christmas and Happy new year!

by Shelley

Great pics! We're loving the posts!

by sfoshee

Great blog keep writing :)

by MissSunshine

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