20.12.2011 - 23.12.2011 86 °F
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.
Me and a local woman in Hoi An who asked to get a picture with me
Street scene in Hoi An
My first picture with assistance from the professional on my tour (these plastic bottles will later contain fish sauce)
Fish sauce factory
Some unused fish sauce baskets - this seems to be a popular shape in Vietnam
The large cask in the background is for making higher-grade fish sauce, what the guide called "liquid gold"
This boy was running around and laughing so much, this is the only clear shot I got of him
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
Trying my hand at "panning"
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
This dog was so cute! He wouldn't let me pet him, though.
On the way back to Hoi An from My Son
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)
Looking across the pool to the pavilion in the middle of a lotus pond
Relaxing-looking couches in the pavilion
A close-up of a lotus flower
Please wait a couple of days for the next post!