Today has been an off kind of day. Firstly it’s raining and actually feeling cold (although I could be used the hot conditions now) and secondly, the kids are driving us crazy. The first problem with the rain has been solved. The second, well…where do I start? It’s an ongoing issue around the areas of talking back, fighting with each other, crying, whinging, tiredness and more tears. No matter where you are in the world or what you’re doing, kids will be kids.
We ventured off this morning into the Old Town near the river going to the Cargo Club for a spot of French pastries, coffee and spiders (thanks for the tip Jenn from The Deli in Gisborne). The coffee was nice but not as good as yours! So far so good. We have been avoiding the Western cafes trying to stick to more traditional Vietnamese places soaking up their culture and meeting interesting people. But today, I wanted easy.
Here’s Charlie enjoying her cheesecake and our roof top seats overlooking the river until it rained.
After sitting in a lovely Western environment that actually had wine glasses on the tables at lunch time, we got caught up with a lady on the street taking us up a little alley way promising us beautiful nails and feet for only 20,000 Dong. So when it rains in Hoi An we can recommend that you get some beauty treatments. I had some more treatments – eyebrows plucked and dead skin removed from my heels. Feels wonderfully indulgent after backpacking now for 2.5 weeks. Steve watched on for a while, until it drove him nuts and decided to go off and get more money out of the ATM and purchase himself a new large red backpack for $20!
So now we are back at the hotel after eating deliciously fresh shrimp and pork Vietnamese spring rolls dipped in sauce at the local restaurant across the road. And if you’re wondering, the solution to the second problem, has been found with 2 kids in the pool and 2 kids out. Can you guess who’s missing out on the afternoons pool fun – A, B, C or D?
Tonight at 7pm, we head to Kimmys tailors for our first clothes fitting. Steve is getting a cashmere suit and some business and casual shirts while the girls and I are dolling it up with silk dresses! Should be another interesting chapter. Keep you posted.