In search of a tampon in Ninh Binh

Oh my goodness! I have to share this story because it was like participating in some embarrassing scavenger hunt. I needed to buy tampons this morning so I had to somehow convey to our non-English speaking cab driver that I needed to go to a pharmacy/store. He didn’t understand so Jesse did the whole washing hair, taking a shower charade figuring a place that sells that stuff must also sell “lady supplies.” πŸ™‚ I certainly didn’t want to do a charade for feminine hygiene products. I’m not shy but come on! So we stopped at about six stores and I had to show them a tampon- people wanted to hold it and examine it like it was a new fangled hi-tech gadget. Some male store owners seemed offended. One shooed me out of his store! Store after store and we were still empty handed. Our cab driver was having a hard time making eye contact with me at this point. Oh for Pete’s sake! This was getting ridiculous.
We finally found a store with women in it. One woman grabbed the tampon and said “no! you’re in Vietnam!” Then they sent me to a shed out back for a week (just kidding!) A woman stuck a large, neon packaged pad in my hand. An old woman sitting on a chair taking in the whole scene smiled big (she only had one large tooth left on her top row of teeth but that’s a whole different story.) She started yelling “Kotex! Kotex! Kotex!” All the women were talking about me and laughing as I left. At the last store I went to -the shopkeeper woman examined the tampon. She looked at it and shook her head disapprovingly. Then she put some pads in a black bag and tied a tight knot at the top. I handed her the cash, she slipped me the bag. I felt like a drug deal just went down. So strange!
A little sidenote: The amazing part for me about getting older has been the fact that very few things (if anything at all) can embarrass me anymore. It is like I have grown immune to what people think of me. Thank goodness- otherwise my face would be red a majority of the time and I’d probably be embarrassed about that!

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9 thoughts on “In search of a tampon in Ninh Binh

  1. Maggie

    I should be asleep…instead I am giggling like a school girl:) xo

    • Maggie! I am glad you liked that story. It was ridiculous!!! Love! Hope you are feeling good these days, lady. πŸ™‚

      Sent from my iPad

  2. Maggie

    I am good πŸ™‚ loving this blog~ so glad your mama told me about it!! It will stay with you forever!! xoxo
    Oh~ I have an app (crayloa)that changes pics into coloring sheets~ and your photos have been fun to color in:)

    • Maggie, the coloring thing sounds great! I sent you an email when I started the blog- a bunch of people didn’t get it. I sent from Hong Kong. Weird. Did you have a baby three years ago we don’t know about? πŸ™‚ I’m so happy we are communicating! Yay! Love! Love! Love!

      Sent from my iPad

  3. Maggie

    While I color with a 3 year old~ ha!!

  4. Maggie

    I am so happy that I have great pics to see and stories to read~ while i can’t sleep.some of the places you have traveled ~ I have been to:) fun to see it again with your beautiful family!! I hope you get some sleep,and can freshen up soon:) xoxo

  5. Heather Causey

    LOL! I can envision the entire story πŸ™‚

  6. Becky Quinn

    This is so funny!!! I can totally picture this happening to you!!! πŸ™‚

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