Back in Hanoi, we broke down and had some Western food...yummmy! We were feeling more used to Hanoi by now and were able to take a day to recover from our hike.
The food has been good here with the noodles and spring rolls. Lots of garlic and dips to try...some hot, some not. There had been chicken culls during the week so none of the restaurants were serving it. They were being offered $1 US / chicken during this time to encourage farmers to comply. There hasn't been any outbreaks that we know of and our guide is keeping us up to date on the situation.
The snake wine and rice wine is quite a delicacy here...it's polite to try it if your host offers. From experience, we can say that rice wine is worse than Buckleys cough medicine, worse than Gammeldansk and similar to rocketfuel. But we were polite and tried it - many times over!!! It soon became nice and magically helped the Germans and Swiss with their English skills!!!