This turns out to be our last night in Hanoi before continuing our journey to Cat Ba Island, and then south. We were fortunate to be able to meet one last time with our friends Thinh, Anh (and her boyfriend Viet), and Thao, but unfortunately missed Tham. Thinh treated us all to a splendid dinner at Ngon restaurant, and Denise wore the beautiful outfit that Anh’s mom bought for her in Bac Ninh.
At the time we had intended to make one last trip back to Hanoi after Cat Ba to get Pete’s crown checked, but it is working out perfectly so there is no need to re-trace our Hanoi-Cat Ba bus-boat-bus trip. It is a bit scary knowing that we are leaving the safety net of our good friends, and sad to think that we may not see them again, but unfortunately that had to happen at some point. We feel very blessed to have met such wonderful people,
To our friends Thinh, Anh, Thao, and Tham: We cannot possibly express our gratitude for the kindness and generosity you and your families have shown to us, so a heartfelt “Thank You” will have to do. We hope to be able to meet again either when we re-visit Vietnam or you make it back to the States. You and your families will always be welcome in our home.