The Shangri-la is torn down and replaced with a modern hotel and shopping mall funded through Chinese investment.
We return from Ho to find that there are no rooms at the hotel where we have been staying. We take temporary refuge at the Shangri-la.
Although there are palm trees throughout the city there is something about the palm trees in the compound that makes them seem like an artificial Disney affectation.
We spend an evening researching parasitic worms in the internet cafe.
“You haven’t asked me what my name is!” Then she points at her name tag and I learn that her name is Cleopatra.