And although we think the canteen food at the Women's Academy is GREAT (see a photo above) and affordable, the students just knew a better spot down a nearby small street where we could taste a different type of meatball soup. So we all walked off campus and sure did have a great lunch together! Those photos are also above -- see Leanna crouched down on a SHORT stool slurping away happily.
While the Academy faces directly onto a major modern boulevard, a side street quickly puts you back into a more traditional, narrow Vietnamese street with small shops (selling rice, clothes, sundries, hair cuts) opening onto the street, sidewalk vegetables and meat vendors, small restaurants, arched entrances of neighborhoods (like we described in earlier post) with pedestrians, motorbikes and the occasional car all sharing the road. Vietnam is a dynamic place!
Today we also utilized the wonderful kitchen the Women's Academy provided us -- gas burners, kitchen and cooking utensils to eat a "home cooked" dinner. The accommodations here are really great and our hosts very thoughtful.