Monday, 20 June 2011


This city is gobsmacking. Old old buildings next to new buildings next to communist buildings next to old buildings. burnt out husks of buildings. Buildings being torn down.

We came in in the evening with terrible traffic and saw an amusement park and twin golden Chrysler buildings and the meeting of the rivers and little houses on stilts climbing up the mountainside.

When the sun went down the city lit up in neon and all the people came out to dance and cook food in the street. We went to Carrefour to get snacks for the boat tomorrow and on the way back stopped at a little hole in the wall food place to eat. We had wonton soup with sea weed because the cute boy with no shirt told me it was hen hao chi.

I am feeling a deep reluctance to be stuck on a boat for three nights.

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