A few more days in Ninh Binh

A few days in Ninh Binh and the sky was gray – all the time. What to do the whole day? Hard to say but before you realize it – the day is gone – the sun goes down and dinner is on the table. So for you this post with pictures from two days.
Wake up late – check the sky – GRAY 🙁
Have coffee and cookies and if I was up early we went for a soup next door. Waiting for dinner and talk to the guys. Sometimes we did something.
And sometimes something happened at the hotel. One day a wedding was underway and the soon to be husband with family stayed at the hotel. They all dressed nice and lots of decoration was brought to the hotel. I took some pictures for you.

Wedding Decoration
Gifts for the bride. In Vietnamese beliefs the red colour will bring luck to the young couple.

Wedding Decoration
Betel leaf with areca nut as traditional gifts

Carved Mellon
The words “song hỷ” are carved into a mellon as the Chinese character 囍. Here they used hearts and not squares. That means double happiness. Or happy together if you like 🙂

Details

Waiting for the rest of the family
Waiting for the rest of the family. You see a decorated lacquer boxes, covered in red cloth on the right of the table. And some more gifts on the left.

Dinner at Thanh's place
The other night I was invited to Thanh place for dinner. The whole family prepared a meal. That was interesting since I could take a look at another house and the customs there again.
Food was good and so was the local firewater.

Happy at the YAMAHA shop
Happy at the YAMAHA shop. Viet brought his scooter in for repairs and we had to wait for it to be finished. The girls were happy with me and needed a few snaps. I like that – it is an easy way of making a few ppl happy with absolutely no effort!

King Roti
Next we went to a gold shop to change money. And on the other side of the street, I see this. Ahhh Indian Food! Let’s go there quick. Turns out that they serve something strange which I really want to eat only once. Some baked little pastry or something.

Ninh Binh
Gray with a few drops of rain. Well – another one of these days…

At the park in Ninh Binh
Next stop: the park in Ninh Binh. Not sure if it is the only one but it is big and is in the center. As you can see the Vietnamese learn to drive very early. Still, it does not help. I would say they are in the lower 10% if it comes to proper driving.

At the park in Ninh Binh
The wheel saw better times as well. There were a few girls playing and they where happy when we walked past it. Time to try some of the English they learned in school.

Poor animals at the park in Ninh Binh
This was the saddest thing of the whole winter 2016/2017 trip: Poor animals at the park in Ninh Binh

Monkey in a cage
A few cages with monkeys

Sweets for the monkey
Sweets for the monkey. There was a woman selling sweet stuff to feed the monkeys. Should sell bananas or whatever the monkey needs. But not sweet stuff with sugar…

Birds
Rare birds? Nope – the usual city birds. In a small cage…

More monkeys
More monkeys

Boats in the park
Well together with the sky this makes for an another sad display

Breakdance kid's
The Breakdance kid's had fun. A few minutes later one of the gardeners saw me and gave me two 10 liter cans of water and signaled me that I should follow him. He brought me to a small patch of land with some seedlings and instructed me how to pour the water over them. Strange but a lot of fun! Since I have my personal Vietnamese translator I could ask all the questions about the strange park I wanted. Which is nice.

That looked better a long time ago
Searching for a coffee place – a local one – we stumbled over this nice pool.

The Mikoyan-Gurevich 21

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Fishbed
Better know as the MIG-21 or the Fishbed as the soldiers from the US called the plane in the last war. It does not look much but they managed to shoot some US planes out of the sky. Hit and run – do not wait for an air fight. You might lose it! That was the name of the game. Usually, the North attacked head-on with some MIG-17 and the MIG-21’s came from the back. The F4 Phantom was easy outmaneuvered and the NVA shoot down a lot of them.
After almost 1000 lost US planes America had to change something. The NAVY opened their “TOPGUN” school and the USAF started a similar program. And they put different planes in the sky as well that could deal better with the light and agile MIG-21

The cone moves relative to the speed to control air intake
The cone moves relative to the speed to control air intake

The cabin is pressurized and air-conditioned.
The cabin is pressurized and air conditioned

Since the tank is very small they usually carried extra fuel tanks
Since the tank is very small they usually carried extra fuel tanks

Details on the MIG 21

Rear view
Rear view – looks like you ride a jet engine with a pair of super small wings.

All sorts of stabilizers on the plane
All sorts of stabilizers on the plane

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The Two Wheelers in front of the Hotel in Ninh Binh

Sitting in front of the hotel and taking some snaps of the two-wheeled traffic for a few minutes

Speeeeed
Speeeeed

Guy on a Motorbike
Guy on a Motorbike

Do not text and drive
Do not text and drive

Mother with children
Mother with children

Dream team on the way home from the rice field
Dream team on the way home from the rice field

Taking the kid to town
Taking the kid to town

Red Riding
Red riding – no hood

What are you looking at?
What are you looking at?”

Riding home from school
Riding home from school

Off to town
Off to town

Family back from shopping
Family back from shopping”

Going to town shopping
Going to town shopping

Relaxed afternoon ride
Relaxed afternoon ride

The guys have fun
The guys have fun

It was not cold but it looks cool - as long as you do not break hard
It was not cold but it looks cool – as long as you do not break hard

Taking grandma for a ride
Taking grandma for a ride

Old School eBike
Old School eBike

Why look at the street?
Why look at the street?

Hello!
Hello!

I have a helmet but why use it?
I have a helmet but why use it?
Started with a bicycle so we end this post with a bicycle

Girl on a bike
Girl on a bike

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A few Days in Ninh Binh

Sun! What a difference a day makes!

Waiting for the ferry man

Here he comes
Here he comes

The speciality of Ninh Binh - Goats
The speciality of Ninh Binh – Goats

A visit to Chez Beo Homestay
A visit to Chez Beo Homestay for a beer

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Happy Birthday to me!
Happy Birthday to me!

That cake is on fire!
That cake is on fire!

Another goat - full of flies - ready for the kitchen
Another goat – full of flies – ready for the kitchen. I am so happy that I do not eat animals!!

Feast with the hotel owner
Feast with the hotel owner. They had extra rice whiskey for me since theirs had some bear parts in it.

At the noodle place in the morning
At the noodle place in the morning. If I got up early we went here for a soup. If you come at 8 in the morning she might be out of soup already!

Sundowner
Sundowner

The next feast with the hotel owner
The next feast with the hotel owner

Thanh & Hoàn
Thanh & Hoàn. They took me to this nice place. Very interesting food and well decorated!

A nice restaurant

Bamboo and Art
Bamboo and Art

Starters
Starters! The corn and beet root where fried – makes it very tasty. Guess it makes it with a lot of calories as well.

Greens
Greens – me loves!

Chicken in Rice - not for me!
Chicken in Rice – not for me!

Hoàn & Việt
Hoàn & Việt

Bái Đính Temple at night
Bái Đính Temple at night. Thank you Việt for this trip!!

Motorbiking round Ninh Binh
Motorbiking round Ninh Binh

Planting rice is hard work
Planting rice is hard work

A man with a helmet and his cows
A man with a helmet and his cows

A man in a rice field with his buffalo
A man in a rice field with his buffalo

Another church
Another church

You can see - the new bridge is there on the left. But not finished yet.
You can see – the new bridge is there on the left. But not finished yet. You have to pay a little bit if you wan to drive over the bridge. Most people stop and chat for a while with the guy that collects the money. That is country side for me. And a bit of the good old times!

Small church on the other side
Small church on the other side

A man with his cows
A man with his cows

Nhà thờ Giáo xứ Trung Đồng
Nhà thờ Giáo xứ Trung Đồng

Nhà thờ Giáo xứ Trung Đồng
Better have one of those in the church garden!

Road along the fields
Road along the fields

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