Hoi An, 12.24.14

24 Dec

Our first full day in Hoi An was lovely. Our resort is about 4K from the town of Hoi An so we grabbed some bikes & headed into town to see what we could see. Our first stop was a tailor where J~ had two suits made. T~ had an Ao Dai made as well – she got to have quite a bit of say in the design too. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished products. Our other task was to buy small Christmas gifts for the hotels Christmas party. They were doing some sort of gift exchange with very little guidelines. We eventually settled on some ornaments, enamel cups, & a little coffee thing.

Hoi An is a pretty little town. We felt very comfortable biking in the streets & exploring the sights. It’s a nice break from Hanoi. Our lunch was at a little restaurant & we noticed there was a balcony so we asked if we could sit up there since our group of 8 is large & noisy. They took us up & it turns out, it was someones home. Oops. They set up tables for us though & acted like it was no big deal. We all felt kind of bad about it, but maybe it does happen all the time. The food was excellent though. Lots of spices & heat – things Hanoi food is sorely missing.

After a little downtime in the room, it was time to get ready for our Compulsory Christmas Party. Months ago, when we booked the rooms, the hotel informed us of a compulsory Christmas Party, complete with outrageous fee – all to make our stay memorable. It certainly was that. The food was good & plentiful. The entertainment was straight out of A Christmas Story, only the Vietnamese have a special affinity for the Christmas tune Last Christmas from Wham! I believe it is where that song & all its remakes have come to die. It was fun though. The staff put together a program of singing & dancing that was really fun. After dessert we were on to the dancing. You know, you’re traditional Christmas Eve Dance Party. Followed by the Traditional Christmas Eve Swim.

Now we’re having the Traditional Christmas Eve sleep.

I’ll leave you with a couple pictures from the evenings festivities.

Santa arrives in a boat & walks the bamboo dock to get to our party

Santa arrives in a boat & walks the bamboo dock to get to our party

Lots of Christmas Cheer happening in Hoi An tonight.

Lots of Christmas Cheer happening in Hoi An tonight.

E~ is shocked that J~ can bust a move.

E~ is shocked that J~ can bust a move.

Merry Christmas!!

K~

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