Hanoi is warm and cloudy now. December was absolutely freezing and I went out and bought a two-bar electric fire and a duvet for my room! It was cold for about a week then turned coolish, but not very cold, then suddenly hot and has been warm or hot since then. So the duvet and fire take up valuable space… It can be a bit rainy some days and I was told yesterday that I can expect floods in Hang Chao Street (the school's location) soon. I don’t mind, I love the heat and can put up with a bit of rain.
Normally I would take a motorbike taxi to school (which costs about a dollar) but I have been walking home from the school the last couple of evenings. I let my motorbike go when I went to Laos for the New Year holiday and haven’t rented one since. I keep meaning to but just somehow don’t get round to it… I stop at one of the restaurants and have dinner on the way home so get to try some new ones which is nice. When you have a motorbike you bypass so much.. There are many restaurants in the Old Quarter, from the cheapest street stalls to very expensive and I have found the more you pay the worse the taste, as a general rule. The only problem is that I enjoy Asian food so much that whereas most people who come to Asia lose weight, I seem to be putting it on, so I am trying to cut down a bit for a few weeks as I hate the belly I am growing. The hotel guy keeps patting my stomach and asking when it’s due! I had really bad diarrhoea for a day on Monday but even that didn’t get rid of my belly!
My room in the Prince Café Hotel in Luong Ngoc Quyen Street is on the fourth floor and is a very narrow hotel with steep winding stairs and no lift so I get some valuable exercise every time I go home. It costs me $9 a night has a (rather slow) hot water shower, cable TV with Channel News Asia from Singapore, which I watch mostly, 3 movie channels, Discovery channel, various sports channels, including live English football matches most days, ( So I was able to watch Chelsea beat Arsenal in the Carling Cup the other day!!!), AXN, Fashion TV, Cartoon channels, DW-TV (a German news channel which transmits half its coverage in English) MTV and V, Australia Network, KBS (Korean sometimes in English), NHK (Japanese sometimes in English), Travel and Living, Animal Planet. But the best point is that I get free Internet in my room. Hence me sitting here in bed writing this blog!
I have been invited to two housewarmings this weekend, so if everything goes to plan it should be a good weekend..
I emailed someone about a house for rent yesterday, but no reply yet.