Post Halloween Dinner
In early November Ms. Thao treated us to dinner at a Sen Restuarant which seemed just to be on the outskirts of Quang Ngai City. We had never been here and we were looking forward to the meal. There was a series of short docks where you walked up to a platform which was where you ate (without chairs). Sort of like an open concept, floating restaurant. There were low lying tables where the food was served and you had a view of the river.
Young children and adults came up to us on their boats asking us if we would like to have a ride on the boat. Providing boat rides was either supplementing their income or was their sole means of income. So off we all went, except Mrs. Thao who stayed behind and watched our belongings. In the horizon you could see My Khe (beach) and the waves rolling in. From a distance, other locals or tourists beckoned us to join them, which we did not do. We weren’t really in the boats too long and when we disembarked at which point our guides asked for more money…it is the way they do business, and not out of the norm. We only had to wait a few minutes to have a delicious dinner of seafood and a hot pot.
Now that we were into the month of November, we were all looking forward to Teacher’s Day and we were wondering what should we do on our day off. Should we go out of town? Should we stay in Da Nang, and where would we stay? For me, November meant the last full month I’d be teaching and soon I’d be heading back to Canada. I really didn’t have any plans where I would go for 2 weeks before I headed back to Canada. I had booked my flight in August and I would be leaving Vietnam on January 15th. Tom, had just finished up the renovations on the house and was hoping to make it down, but a part of me knew he wouldn’t. He had not been feeling well and wanted to be checked out by a doctor first, which he did and in early November and he was fine. I had not seen any pictures of the house but I tried to envision it based on all that he had told me. It all sounded good. He had not wanted my neighbours to take any pictures as he wanted to surprise me. Although I was glad that the house had been renovated, I also knew that this would have also been a great opportunity for him to experience. Oh well, such is life. By the time November rolled around, he had not booked a flight and it was high season. In addition, North America was being hit by bad weather…meaning lots of snow and flight cancellations.