After our overnight cruise in Halong Bay, we traveled back to Hanoi, and inevitably did what women do. We went shopping. duh.
Have I mentioned how hot it was?
It was hot.
Have I mentioned how unbarringly excruciatingly, tortuously, human-beings-should-not-be-subjected-to such-conditions-ly, insanely, rashes-appeared-where-no-rashes-should-ever-be-ly, hot it was?
Ya, it was that hot!
A quote from Livy about the heat,
It was hot. Wow was it hot. It was very hot. Hotty hot. So hot that it was kinda funny. But not really. I was really hot.
Liv is a woman of few words. Or at least few adjective.
I'm from the desert people. I know hot. today it's about 110 in the shade at my house. But the 90% humidity 24/7 of Vietnam that we were subjected too was a whole different beast. People, seriously, that was crazy ridiculous hot.
To whom ever recommended Frogg Toggs on Facebook... you are a goddess among women!
To my husband who tucked Gold Bond in our suitcase last minute, thank you thank you thank you! As I thought, it did turn into a paste almost immediately, but somehow it still offered relief to the aforementioned rashes in unmentionable places.
To the angles that seemed to be continually
I affectionately (or not? Let me live in my bubble o' denial, people!) became known as "the sweat-er" in our group. The Vietnamese were constantly concerned for my well being. It was that bad. Offering me a seat and a hot cup of tea. Apparently feeling hot on the inside cools one off on the outside. Ummmmmm... well that's how it was explained to me anyhow. I'm not sure my body completely grasped the whole concept though.
Regardless, we shopped.
And we shopped.
And we sweat! A lot!
And we shopped some more.
Scenes from Hanoi, shopping in the Old Quarter.
I fell in love with this young lady on the back of the bike with the red lipstick and short shorts. Litterally. Figuratively. Yes all that!
Who woulda thunk that a pizza joint would be in the Old Quarter. Seems to be quite popular!
Just in case anyone reading is interested in staying in one of many youth hostels. I see it has internet! There was a youth hostel just a couple blocks from this one that advertised, Free internet and beer. $5 a night. Tempting!
I watched this grandma fuss of her grandson (I assume) for about 5 minutes as he picked out a toy from the toy store. See? Something never change not matter where you are!
Cycle repair shop. Just in case.
Dawn is knee deep in some serious negotiations here. I'm pretty sure she's losing. Hard to negotiate when the prices were so cheap to begin with.
We weren't the only ones hot. There is a lot of this just sitting around that happens in the Old Quarter. The little stools were everywhere we looked in Vietnam.
Most all of the street vendors were women. It was rare to see a man peddling his good street side. with the exception of cigarette lighter. They were always sold by men like the ones below. My favorite part of this pic is the man lounging on the right. Pretty common site.
I think the lady below is selling lychee fruit. there are reds bags underneath for buyers and if you look closely you'll see the scale she uses to weigh out the fruit.
Liv shopping for pants. She has several pairs not. They were pretty awesome even in hot weather.
I think this sales lady has mangosteens in the front (my new favorite fruit! Anyone?) and some type of nut, that looked like a chestnut in the back. Prepacked and ready to go in the bags if you don't have time to wait too!
Anyone need a new pair of shoes? She has a couple pair to choose from!
The twins off to the next store. Sidewalks are for parking bikes rather than walking. Street are for walking. Just be careful of the bikes!
My favorite store below. I have no idea what it was actually selling except that it probably had anything and everything you were looking for. I was kinda scared that I'd never come out if I ever went in.
I took this pic so y'all could see the electric lines. Somehow it all seems to work!
The twins taking a break at little coffee shop.
Cause that's so what we needed in that heat... a cup of coffee.