18.01.2013 - 18.01.2013
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After a much needed lie in we went for a tasty Vientamese lunch at a resturant on the edge of Lake Hoan Kiem in the Old Quarter. Then onto the Water Puppet Theatre to see the 2.30pm show. It is like it sounds...puppets on water! The show told some of the folk stories of the Vietnamese people, for example, it is said that all Vietnamese people are descended from a dragon (father) and a fairy (mother). Highly enjoyable!
After the show we went for a walk around the lake whilst trying to find the H&M that Google Maps says exists in Hanoi. We both wanted to get another long sleeved top to wear...it's chilly here in Hanoi! We had no luck but enjoyed a nice walk anyway.
Hoping to get another Twilight fix, we went in search of the cinema. Another fail. We walked a long long way down a long long street looking for building 119 which is where the cinema should have been. When we got to 134 we gave up, concluding that it didn't exist. We later found out the cinema is at 191 not 119. Oops!!
Kangaroo Cafe was next on the to do list. We have booked a three day Halong Bay boat tour with them so had to go and pay our balance for it. We ended up having diner there which for me consisted of weetabix and toast with peanut butter and jam...I've missed having breakfast food for dinner since being away!
Back to the Water Puppet Theatre to meet up with Dan and Megan. We headed straight to a street bar to sit on tiny primary 1 size chairs and drank a couple of 2,000 Dong (15p) beers (we did have a "lovely" photo of this but my iPhone decided to wipe all it's content!). Happy to report that none of us broke any of the chairs. After, we wandered through a local market before heading to an Irish bar. Shortly after sitting down in the bar, we realised it was a tad above our budget so out the door we went to a cheap bar which Dan and Megan had been to the night before. Highlights of our time in the bar include many games of Jenga, Dan falling off his stool and ripping his trousers, playing the Eastenders drinking game and the bar being shut down by what appeared to be army soldiers at around midnight! At this point we should have gone back to our hostels...it looked like all the bars were being closed down at the same time. But of course we decided it would be best to stay out!! We managed to find one bar which was still "open" although we think it was effectively a lock in. After enjoying some apple shisha for half an hour, during which Megan and Dan had a heated debate about the Lance Armstrong situation, we called it a night saying our farewells to Megan who we proably won't cross paths with again during the rest of our time away. Safe travels Megan. See you back in the UK!