Jonathan Sumner Evans
Sumner Evans
Software Engineer at Beeper

Fifth Day - Hanoi 11/6/2010 6:00 PM

Posted on in Trip to Vietnam • 1333 words • 7 minute read


O.K. I think that this day was the best day I have had at my language class. Why? Because usually the language class is very difficult, with all of the grammar and stuff. But today there wasn’t as much grammar so that I had  fun. Before I tell about our class time, I must tell you what we did for our field trip. Our group (including the driver this time) went a pottery village. The people there made bowls, pitchers, and humongous vases, some reaching up to 8 feet tall! That is taller than our Family room! AND people at the village put the huge vases in their homes. Do you know why they put those vases in their homes? They would put water in those vases, because water, to them, is very important in their lives, so I guess they will always have water!

     Our group went to one man’s home who owned a ceramic pottery business. We got to see the entire process of  making  large ceramic picture tiles. The first step was to get the two cement molds and put soft clay around the cracks, to “cement” the molds together. Then you get things that look almost like… Paper towel tubes. and “cement” the tubes to the mold. Why do that? Well if you look hard enough, there are little ittsy, bittsy hole that the liquid clay goes through. Before you put the liquid clay in the holes, you have to make it! There was a VERY old fashion mixer. I was powered by a… I do not know what it was powered by. Oh well, I don’t have a good memory. Anyway, after the clay hardens, the people(mainly women), take the clay creations upstairs where they eventually get sanded and polished. After the polish dries, The clay creations are ready to be painted. Some of the creations have dots, squiggles, lines, or very elaborate drawings of people, trees, rice paddies, etc. And of course, when you are on a field trip, you always seem to have to go to the market (or shop.)After all of the looking and shopping, we went to a restaurant similar to the one we went to yesterday. We had fish bun, and you have to make your own creation. You can add, vegetables (as long as they are cooked well) noodles, fish sauce, fish or meat or any thing that is on the table.

    So after the yummy lunch, we headed to the classroom. Surprisingly, today’s class was not boring and hard, today was a very fun time FOR ME. Right now we are just about to go to dinner with a lady we met at a temple. We are going to dinner at a place called Kangaroo Cafe. They make REAL hamburgers even though we haven’t eaten any and don’t plan to this time either. After dinner we hope to go to Fanny’s Ice cream Parlor. Yum! We hopefully will next go to a night market. If you ever go to a night market, don’t bring money because you have to watch out for pick-pockets! Goodness I’m hungry, So I’d better get going, or I think I will starve to death!

      See you later Kangaroo’s!!!
Well for dinner I had ordered Beans with garlic and tomato.When I got my meal, I found out that it was just green beans. Solid green beans. Pretty boring huh? But at least I got rice to go along with it. Soon after we finished our meal, We walked down to Fanny’s.We all got cones and went to walk around the lake. If you want to know how big the lake is, all I know is that it is huge. On the way, we saw some woman doing some sort of crazy  exercise. They did their exercises with really strange music and twisted and turned their bodies in funky moves. Then we saw some dancers, almost ballroom dancers. But it was fun to watch. After walking for almost 20 minutes, we went to check out the Night market. At the night market you have to push and shove just to get from stall to stall! It is as if a stampede of wild animals is coming through that street. Or the streets, the market goes on for about… 5 blocks! Now that is long. After only 1 block, we were all exhausted. Imagine going all of the way! Finally after we got done going through the hustle and bustle, We made it to our hotel. Bye!



Today we of course had breakfast (I had pho), got ready for class, and then went with Tan and the driver to a pottery village called Bat Trang. When we arrived we went into one of Tan’s friend’s pottery factory to see how they made the pottery. We saw them pouring the clay into the molds which was very interesting because they used things like toilet paper rolls like funnels let me explain. The molds looked like they were cement and they had holes in them so you could pour out the clay in. They put the toilet paper roll type things over the holes and put the clay into them. Next we went to go see them making the pottery smoother and painting the pottery. Watching them paint was very neat because we got to see the way they did one color at a time to make the pottery. After that we went upstairs to the owner of the company’s house. When we got to the top of the stairs we realized that we should have taken our shoes off before coming up the stairs so we just kinda flung the shoes off. Tan and the other man talked for a while in Vietnamese so we couldn’t understand them so we watched he man’s mother preparing the food squatting on the floor. Then she got up and went to our shoes and straightened them so they all faced one direction and were exactly straight. Next we went to the market where they sold the goods and saw lots of shops just selling pottery! I don’t know how they survive! Then we went to a restaurant that sold only one thing, bun this time with fish. They served you noodles, fish sauce, peanuts, and gave you a bowl. Then they served your meat on a thing in the middle that had a flame that cooked the meat and the vegetables. You then added it all together in a bowl and then ate it with chopsticks. That is one thing different here than in American Asian restaurants they usually only have chopsticks.

After lunch we went to class and learned more about grammar and pronunciation. After class we went back to our hotel and then Miss Joy called and asked if we wanted to go out to dinner. We said yes and met her at the Kangaroo Cafe. My meal was very good I had rice and chicken in a clay pot. After dinner we went to a ice cream parlor called Fanny’s and bought cones to eat while we walked around the lake. We were going to go to the night market so we asked if Miss Joy wanted to go but she said no. Then when we got to the night market we asked Miss Joy one more time and told her that we were only going to go one or two blocks she agreed to go. We went a block and we were ready to leave. So we turned around and wen back our main reason for going in at all was to say that we had gone so…We went to the night market. There, now going into the night market has paid off we were able to tell you that we went. After that we parted and went back to our hotel. Now I am going to go flop into the bed.