1. Eat snails with safety pins. I am an adventurous eater, yes; however, the snails are all K's idea; I would never have ordered them on my own because they are too similar to slugs. This little stand is literally a thirty-second walk around the corner from the castle. I ate here Saturday, Sunday and now am back again today. They have stacks of crabs, clams, snails and scallops - depending on the day. This is the place we saw Thuy eating clams a few weeks ago, and now I can't believe I have just walked right past it so many times. (Perhaps I have been eating enough, regardless.) Anyway, the snails...um, yeah...they were...ok. A bit salty. Lots of work to get the litty itty bitty piece of snail meat out, too. I like the other seafood better, like, next...we:
2. Eat scallops topped with peanuts and green onions dipped in salt and lime and pepper along with a green leafy something. This is my idea. They are grilled to perfection. These two dishes, plus a lotus seed drink, cost only $1.80.
3. Eat something I have never seen before when I am out running a billion errands that have been on my list for weeks: the tortilla-looking thing tastes almost like divinity. It's crunchy and sweet. This woman is a Honey Artist, too. She paints honey in a Star-of-David pattern, tops it with coconut, and seals it with another divinity tortilla. It's delicious, and you may think it sounds too sweet, but it's not. I had better write down her street address, or I may never find her again. Every time I see one of these women now, I slow down and eye what is in their little containers. I don't want to miss anything. And they are so humble and gracious and grateful when you buy from them. Ahhhh.....
4. Hang out at the fabric stand with Thuy and Tan in the morning (and bring them banana cake with tapioca because they like it). They laugh and laugh when I tell them why I'm not at work today. "We never get typhoons here," they say. Flooding, yes, but typhoons, no. Not in the city. (I guess lots of places had "never gotten" tsunami's before, either...)
I want to climb up in Thuy's "Fabric Seat" with her. I could just hang out there with them all Typhoon Day long.
The moral of this day is: For those of you who love Snow Days, I know you would absolutely love Typhoon Days. They give you a chance to really, really slow down and enjoy (even snails).