Sun, sea, and sand

Trip Start Nov 06, 2006
Trip End Jun 15, 2007

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

It's been a blissful week of sun, sea, and sand in Nha Trang. From our 5th floor deck, we look over a busy street to the gracefully swaying canopy of palm trees that line the wide sandy beach. It's not a perfect destination. Garbage in the water can be a bit of a problem and the beach vendors here are as persistent as mosquitos, but the sunshine, fantastic seafood, and relaxed pace more than compensate and we've really enjoyed the time.

We've developed a nice rhythm here. Wake fairly early. Take in breakfast at our favorite breakfast spot. Enjoy a swim at the beach. Meditate. Then write, read, dream, and imagine. Usually noodle soup for lunch. More free time. Swim again. Take a run on the beach in late afternoon. Supper. Internet, reading, or a movie in the room. It's a simple day and the time for reflection has been rejuvenating. We're both discovering how much of ourselves we'd lost, forgotten, and hidden away during all those years in the mountains. It feels selfish to take so much time to indulge, but the day-to-day personal discovery feels exciting.

And to mix it up a bit, we've enjoyed some fun activities here. A couple days of scuba and snorkeling. A morning of volunteer work spent with local street kids intent on improving their English skills. A bike ride around town to explore. A few games of pool to remind ourselves of why we don't often play this game in public.

And of course, there's the seafood! We've fallen hard for a tantalizing Vietnamese seafood soup that they serve at the restaurant across the street from our hotel - fish, shrimp, clams, squid, lots of fresh vegetables, noodles, and spicy sliced chilis. It's sooooo good, and we're both stuffed for a little over $5. Crazy.

After our millionth offer for "ladies???", I thought I had finally hit on the perfect response, which was to just wave back and forth between Todd and myself so the moto driver would quickly see that we're a gay couple. Unfortunately, the guy got it, but then smiled and offered his "services" with "Ohhhh, I same same but different, I come with you???" No, thanks.

Ya just can't win. Ahhhh, Vietnam.
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