The River Man…………

On my last day in Hoi An, I went down to the old port and negotiated for an hour trip up and down the river with this great old man in his, well, boat I think we shall call it…….he had lost the bottom part of his left leg in the Vietnam war, so this was a job for which that was no apparent handicap………

I don’t know why I bothered negotiating with him, after an hour in the company of this charming old man, I gave him the price that he had originally asked……….and a bit more..

He insisted on taking a photo of me…………I insisted on slipping the wrist strap over his boney hand before I let go of my camera……………..

He drew a map of the United Kingdom on the deck of his boat with a wet finger, telling me where Scotland was and where Ireland was……..he is just putting London on the map, but  I fear that a career in Cartography does not beckon, as you may observe, he has completely forgotten about Wales………….I know that invites some obvious comments, but please don’t, I have friends there !!

Above and below…………this guy was going upstream and then downstream for hundreds of metres, dropping his seemingly never-ending net over the side of his boat, whilst sculling it with one long oar…………..

Above and below, after my boat trip I jumped on my rented scooter and headed to An Bang beach for the rest of the day…………

Above and below, this old lady was on An Bang beach every day trying to sell small packets of monkey nuts; thy must have been remarkably stale because I did not see anybody buying from her………….I gave her 10,000 dong (30p) for a packet on my first day and she started remonstrating that it was not enough, until she realised that I had put the packet back in her carrier bag…………she suddenly warmed to the deal and I had laid down the marker for a daily transaction……………

Yup, you’ve guessed it…………they go out fishing in these……………honestly !!

Last month my daytime choice of beverage was watermelon juice; to remove any remaining shackles of routine, I have decided to embrace a different drink each month………..so, flavour of the month is now Lipton’s Ice Tea with freshly squeezed lime juice……………………you would not believe how stressful it has been deciding on what to change to…………I don’t know how I ever got up and went to work six days a week ……..

Below, some things are set in stone……..lunch is served, Morning glory stir fried with garlic and chilli……..Rau Muong xao toi as it is known in Vietnam………..

I went back to the riverside for dinner, where street sellers offer paper lanterns that you light and set float on the river

Lanterns are big business here and shops specialising in them abound

 

 

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