When we got to Hoi An we met up with everyone and shuffled through the crowds (there were SO many people there!) and found a restaurant to eat dinner. We went up on the balcony and here is the view from there:
It was really beautiful, all of the little dots you might be able to see are lanterns, and the larger dots at the bottom of the picture are the clusters of paper lanterns you could buy to float on the river.
Here's an awkward shot of me and Michael at the restaurant, not many of our pics turned out well unfortunately. (Do you like Michael's choice of facial hair? You can't see it but the sides are still there on his cheeks. It was a riot at work but made me think of him as a little too Country. Today he shaved the cheeks so there's only the handlebar mustache, just one more shave to go until I get my clean-shaven cutie back.) I ordered traditional Hoi An Noodles, and Michael had Shrimp and some other seafood ravioli, which turned out to be more like fried wontons than ravioli but it was really good. We also had guava yogurt and orange yogurt to drink and the French version of flan - called Creme Caramel - for dessert, all for roughly $15US.
By far one of my favorite parts of the evening involved this little guy:
After we had eaten dessert and were talking, a little gecko comes crawling across the table, flicking his tongue out in the direction of our dessert plate. To our amazement, he actually proceeds across the table (despite the paparazzo Michael) and starts to lick the sugar sauce off of the spoons:
I don't know if you can see it or not, but this is a photo of him licking the spoon, if you look close you can even see his little tongue. It was the cutest thing I've ever seen in my entire life, it was SO amazing.
More photos of the lanterns around town. The spots on the lens are from negligence in cleaning it, not a bunch of ghosts, sorry.
Here's a photo of one of the ladies selling lanterns. They were little folded papers with a small square of styrofoam inside with a candle anchored in the middle, really neat.