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New Year in Hanoi

VIETNAM | Saturday, 31 December 2005 | Views [481]

12-31-2005  10:23 PM, Hanoi, Viet Nam

Happy New Year!

I'm 11 hours ahead of the
Midwest, so we only have 2 more hours to go, but I hope everyone there has a good one.  I've finally updated my Itinerary with more specific places, so check that out if you like!

Today I'm still trying to get over a bit of jet lag.  I can't sleep in planes, so I always have a hard time.  The funny thing is, I still woke up this morning at my normal time:
7:30 AM
.  Go figure...  Breakfast was sticky rice with boiled peanuts and yogurt in a juice box!

Tonight I got to do something very interesting.  The family I'm staying with was having a family get together for a New Year/housewarming party.  There was a ton of people, lots of babies, and no English, and only one food I recognized!  The food was all placed on the floor and we sat around it and there were two soups (one had little gray balls of some meat that had a really spicy aftertaste that brought tears to my eyes), baby spinach that didnt look like any spinach I'd ever eaten, breaded fish (but the breading was very different) with a spicy sauce, breaded shrip skewers that sure didnt look like shrimp you get at Red Lobster, something that looked like boiled and fried corn, green sticky rice, something that looked like cabbage that was spicy and sour, and the only thing I recognized was a beef dish.  Then some kid gave me a candy that had my ears steaming and me running for water!  It was an interesting new year's eve, and Ha's sister and brother-in-law have invited me to stay with them for a night!

Tags: food & eating, vietnam


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