Maths mixed feelings.
She is getting the different addition methods implemented and it is good to see progress is being made. This extended stay in Hanoi feels a little like being back at home for me, just with no work to attend (no pun intended I work at work and do not attend) or extra activities for the kids after school.
We have a small apartment but big enough for us all to spread out and have our own space. If not we can go for a walk down the street or down to the dining area to do homework. It is very relaxed in our hotel back away from the hustle of the street. The only touristy thing we have done so far is walk the lake and the parts of the walking track on the map.
It is not a big place like Beijing just condensed so we will not be covering Km’s. Today I am not sure on Hanoi, for example we were doing homework in the dining area and the staff were about to have their lunch, I was just packing up so we didn’t interrupt the workers lunch and bam, chairs were out please join us special Chinese new year rice cake for lunch. You decline initially because you don’t want to impose but then you get the feeling you shouldn’t so you are not being rude. Any way Spring was in her chair so I had no chance had to have a go.
This is really nice, for a start the workers could have told me not to study in the hotel dining room, and then for them to invite us to lunch is also pretty cool. The food was very nice, authentic Vietnamese cuisine I might add, the pork I could have eaten the whole plate myself. But then you have a good look around the place which feels very safe there is CCTV camera’s everywhere and I get the feeling like big brother is watching. I don’t know if it is me, the fact we have stopped in one place for a while or I have too much time to think.
Anyway we had a good lunch with the staff and talked about where we all are from, what to do in Hanoi, how far is Ha Long Bay and going to the night markets for shopping. They are really nice people willing to help at the drop of a hat. After lunch went for a walk around the area to check out a yoga studio for Summer. It was in behind a motor bike washing station Crystal Car Wash for bikes just minus the paper and coffee. Got a timetable and returned to the room for more school work. Out for dinner and it was raining, so we did not go to the night markets and returned to the hotel for bed.
What can I say it was bound to happen, I honestly thought it would be me? Autumn has fallen sick. Tummy cramps this morning when she woke up but she was a trooper and continued down to breakfast. Didn’t eat a thing and returned to the room back to bed. She just laid in bed for a couple of hours while her stomach just gurgled you could see how pale she was. Then made one of her many trips to the bathroom. Back to bed and we all jumped in and watched a movie with her, I watched the back of my eyelids. She felt better after the movie so we thought maybe some lunch would bring some life back into her.
Around to a local known restaurant and a quick noodles but she didn’t eat it all and wanted to return to the room. I must say she was a trooper didn’t complain or make a scene, just returned to the room and laid down and visiting the bathroom for the rest of the afternoon. Then it makes you as a parent question were she could have gotten sick from. (The street food, the sweets from the lady in the street, the milk from breakfast) and then she come out with it. The ice in one of her lemonades, and I think she is right. We have all shared our food and would all be equally as sick, so it is the only thing it could be. She is much better coming into dinner so we went out for an early dinner however she needed to return to the hotel so we returned and missed the night markets this weekend. A real laid back day while we attend to a sick child.