One of the teachers/housemates moved out recently & took his refrigerator with him. Our kitchen was simple to begin with, but now without a refrigerator, we can't keep any food in the house. So Katie & I have taken to eating out every night.
It sounds extravagant, huh? Eating out every night. But the bill normally comes to about 150,000 Dong (=$8.33) for the two of us, including drinks.
Eating out often includes random conversations with other restaurant patrons trying to improve their English skills. Last night we were joined by two guys, government officials, one with really good English who plans to do his masters program in the UK or the US, depending on where he is accepted. It's always interesting to talk with the people who approach our table & hear a little bit of their life story.
Katie is going back home to New York in a couple of weeks, so I will lose my late-night eating partner. It won't be the same without her.