This morning, for the first time since the deluge I went out to find something for lunch. We were almost starved after finishing everything we had in the fridge.
Rushing through the heavy rain, I reached the open-air market after 30 minutes. It was 8am and the market seemed more crowded than ever. People were fighting, really, for small torn bundles of morning glory and tiny unripe cabbages that were sold at extremely expensive prices. Even onions became a luxury item. Meat was not so expensive but not many women seemed interested in it. During a flood, having rice and vegetables for your meal would be life on heaven!
After a lot of considerations, I decided to have mostly vegetables for lunch despite the high prices. Then a couple of chicken legs cooked with mushrooms, corn and beans made the perfect meal! My bro said: "No more instant noodles!" and he felt great with the things I bought.
Dinner was also good with some very delicious dishes "donated" by my eldest sister She has always been great with her cooking skills. This time, she didn't disappoint us by the fish fries and vegetable salads she made from her dry home. It seemed to be the most interesting dinner we had for the whole week since everybody was present. However, we couldn't feel good anymore when the TV news read "17 died. 2 are students. Damage estimated at VND 3,000 billion (USD 29 million)". :( Too bad! Hanoi has never experienced such a loss caused by flooding before.
Hope for better weather in days to come. Anyway, it is forecasted that the rain won't stop until November 3.
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