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Taking a break for vacation

This time it's Vietnam. Not the scenic, moderate climate of the North. I'm going to the blistering hot, scummy, city of thieves in the South. Ho Chi Minh City has a dozen restaurants of interest in District 1 alone, and I intend to eat exclusively at dirty stalls, ankle deep in discarded shrimp carcasses for a few nights with the Couchsurfing hosts I've arranged. After that it's off to Hoi An for some beach R&R.


haven' eaten all day ,

and I'm not getting in until 2. I'm really looking forward to my first bowl of pho after enduring months of food crime in Korea.

Will I make it back with crazy stories,? Probably : Tramadol is OTC here, and she and I like to have fun.

Bobby Brewers Coffee, Vietnam


An interesting concept. Bobby Brewers Coffee in Vietnam - there's free movies here on the top floor, as long as you order food. The food is about 2x more expensive than you could get it on the streets, but still cheap. $2 for a coffee (you could get 70 cents outside), a meal is $3 or $4 (you could get $2 outside), etc.

Inside, they screen blockbuster movies, obscure-but-highly-reviewed movies, and classics. Last time I was in Vietnam six months ago, they were showing Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon, which I hadn't seen - way cool to watch that on the big screen.

Couple days ago I finally got to see Inception. Today I'm writing in here and waiting for "The King's Speech" to start.

It's a neat business concept - offer a free draw that's very exciting to customers, charge a high but not crazy premium for things people are used to paying for anyways. I'd recommend picking up the schedule if you're hanging out in Saigon. Food's not bad, and it's cool to catch a classic movie that I'd never seen before.

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