If you think I’ll be talking about food and our culinary experience from this tour, you’re wrong. I’m sorry and apologize if you’re disappointed.
You see, I have a collection of photos I’ve wanted to share for sometime. I could not come up with an appropriate and/or “attention getter title”, until a switch clicked on. Why don’t I call it “Taste of Hoi An, It’s Not” since I took these photos during our walking tour. And no, the tour did not bore me. On the contrary, it was very interesting, entertaining and enjoyed every minute of it. I just have eyes that wander a lot looking for photographic opportunities.
Allow me to digress for a moment and give the Taste of Hoi An a free “infomercial”. It is one of the most popular tour in Hoi An and is always almost sold out and for good reason. Neville, the owner, a native of Australia and now lives in Hoi An conducts this tour. The walking tour is entertaining, and gives one an informative introduction of Hoi An through its food and food culture. It includes a visit of a local market, and partaking over forty (40) different foods. Do not miss this tour if you’re ever in Hoi An!
The youngest participant in our group was this beautiful, thirteen year old girl from Australia. The Owner/Tour guide was so impressed by her, as she devoured all the foods offered during the tour, he offered her for lifetime to join his tour for free every time she is in Hoi An.
While the girl liked posing for pictures, the Owner’s assistant did not like her picture taken. She was shy, almost embarassed.and walked away when she noticed my camera pointing towards her. With persistence, I managed to take few stolen photos.
I was particularly intrigued by this woman, especially when she smiled and revealed her discolored, almost black teeth. For sure, tarnished over many years from chewing beetle nuts. Based on her facial expressions, it gave me a feeling she was “proud of her accomplishment”; almost synonymous when a person with gray hair appears to have a “distinguished look” as oppose to looking old.