20.05.2011 28 °C
an expensive hovel of a hotel complete with mouse shit on the pillows and bed spread became home for the few days we spent in hoi an. the city is reminiscient of a crumbling french colony, all buildings tericotta in color with thick wood shudders. it is completely beautiful and feels a little out of place in asia. we went on a mad hunt for tailors as soon as we got here as custom made everything is what hoi an is famous worldwide for. and in a small block there could be up to 15 differant tailor shops so it was a bit overwhelming to say the least. so we decided before our quest began to have a 25 cent fresh beer and decide what we were exactly looking for. after a bit of shopping around we found a great shoe store and we all (alison, ashley and i) had a pair of leather boots made, ranging in price from $45-$73. in the tailor shop next door alison got a leather jacket and plaid shirt and i got a new shirt and shorts made. however, this tailor wasnt very friendly and didnt listen to our instructions so we didnt use them for any more of our tailored goods. instead we found a group of ladies who were much friendlier and cheeper. and we went to town on the tailored goods! so in total i spent $180 and got a pair of shorts, a dress, a tank top, a t shirt, a button up shirt 3 silk scarves, over the knee leather boots and gladiator sandals. however we were so shopped out and im sure when the 3 of us left the economy in hoi an collapsed.
to take a break from shopping we took a bus to the my son cham ruins. it was like a small more quaint angkor wat. not much is known about this society either as only a few words of the ancient language can be deciphered. the language however looks like some form of elvish and the ruins are very 'lord of the rings' style so i felt in heaven!! there was a tour guide from north america leading another tour group and we could hear him saying he loves comming here because where he is from we have no ancient history...i guess the native americans dont count?? it reminded us to take all tour guides with a grain of salt.