Sunday, February 24th

Trip Start Feb 17, 2013
Trip End Mar 21, 2013

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

To my sweet cousin, Mary Kaye, if you are reading this -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Still Sunday, but now I am caught up so I can write about Sunday!!

We were going for a bike ride in the country.  And, then, it rained and rained and rained.  I have a cold and told Tom I did not feel up to feeling worse.  He agreed the bike ride might not be fun in a pouring rain storm.  So, plan B.  He went out and about to Old Town, I stayed in and worked on the blog.  

As you will see from today's pictures, there was a lot of water.  A lot.  Tom was back before noon, soaked, even with wearing his poncho.  Once the internet went down, I got moving so we could have lunch at the market.  Now, if we are going to get sick, this will be the place.  Not too sure about cleanliness but the food was good and it was cheap.  This is the place where the locals eat.  Cute lady who made pho, her adorably cute 10 year old daughter -- yep, 10.  So little I thought she was 7.  Then, we wandered around the town, and across the bridge to the island where it was so quiet.  Peaceful.  We realized this is a residential area as the people were going about their day-to-day weekend business -- trimming trees, visiting with neighbors, kids playing.  We, also, happened upon a middle class street -- the houses were clean and pretty.  Happy Hour is a big deal with varying times.  We found a place that was serving Happy Hour drinks by 3 p.m. and we stopped in -- for the worst mojito I have ever had.  But, cheap, as is most everything in Vietnam.  This restaurant had written on the wall, the high water mark for the flood of 2011.  We asked the guy about the floods and he said they usually have one every year, but not last year.  

After our drinks, we headed back to the hotel.  Just learned that our flight to Saigon for tomorrow has been delayed -- they have a broken airplane and we won't leave Da Nang until 23:05 tomorrow. That translates to 11:05 p.m.  Ugh.  We won't get into Saigon until well after midnight.  And, check out time at this hotel is noon.  Double ugh.  We do, however, have a cooking class scheduled tomorrow morning that will take us through lunch.  Then?  We will find something to do!  Maybe that massage I never got today!  ;-)

And, here we are, relaxing in our room until we decide what to do about dinner.  Today is more about the pictures than our activities, so enjoy!
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TB on

This was the first day of rain that really slowed and altered our plans. But the day was not wasted. And it will probably be the last rainy day until we head back north next month.

Rain in Southeast Asia (SEA) is different from rain anywhere else in the world. I learned that when I was flying here 40 years ago. For example, a gentle rain in the States would cause you to turn on your car wipers to "Intermittent", in SEA a gentle rain can leave you splashing through water up to your ankles. Well not really, but you get my point. Weather here, if not a typhoon or otherwise causing wide scale flooding is not weather. By American standards, today was heavy rain, here it doesn't even slow down the bicycles and motor scooters!

Marsha on

Just love the blog and the photos, thanks for sharing. I hope the rain stops. Can't wait to hear about the cooking class, how fun.

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