Mr. Sinh, our "go to" bike and motorbike rental agent.
The next three ladies - Linh, our eyeglasses lady,
|Mark is sitting down :)|
Ngoc, our travel agent were extra special friends. We met and became friends with them early on, and with their excellent English, they really helped us begin to understand their culture. Not to mention all the willing and able help they gave us when we needed translation or shopping help.
|Our vegetable lady.|
|Our bread lady.|
|Our chicken lady|
We were pleasantly surprised by their reactions. They all read the note, most looked sad, one rubbed her eyes pretending to cry, and another looked like she really might cry. One showed it to her neighboring stall holders. They all smiled, too, and she gave us big hugs. We think not many tourists make the effort we did and they all really seemed to appreciate it.
|Our coffee and hard goods lady|
We were given a few parting gifts, too - a tiny vial of tiger balm, some extra baguettes, a few extra veggies, a piece of chicken, and, best of all, a lot of smiles. We will miss them all and think they might miss us too.
|Our noodle ladies|
|Our meat market ladies.|
|Crack Noodles at Hi's Restaurant.|
Today we were walking along the water front after taking some pictures, passing the tour boats. Their crews always ask "You want motor boat ride?" Every one of them, every time we walk past, the whole time we've been here. Until today.
|A short break|
|A lovely old house.|
|Looking out into old town.|
|The Vietnamese love caged songbirds|
|A very special municipal agency.|
|The 4 of us with Hi and Thao|
|Happy hour on the front patio.|
Many people come to Hoi An for wedding photos. This is a pretty typical tableau. The happy couple in traditional dress and a photographer who sets up and shoots the photos. We see similar scenes many times every day here.
On Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, Mark met this wonderful old lady while she was selling floating lanterns. He said “Happy New Year” to her in Vietnamese, she replied in kind, followed by the cutest giggle. Since then, we often see her and her husband selling boat rides when we go to the market. Every time we walk past, Mark says “Happy New Year” in Vietnamese, she replies, then giggles. Today we finally stopped and took a photo and a short video - make sure you have the sound up for this one.