Christmas in Dalat (myos suomeksi)

Trip Start Nov 03, 2008
Trip End Feb 20, 2009

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

On the 23rd December we had our first early start for a while and clearly we were out of practice as we slept through the alarm, but somehow Heli miraculously woke up about 20 minutes before our bus to Dalat was due to depart. Oops! Luckily it left right outside our guesthouse and we made it with a couple of minutes to spare.
Dalat is a decent size city up in the central highlands, which has a climate quite different from the rest of the country - the temperatures are quite moderate and the cool 15-20+ C felt quite refreshing after sweating it out in the hot, traffic-fume filled Saigon. The houses in the town look very similar to those in any alpine village - all long sloping roofs and chimneys.
We took it really easy over Christmas, just like we would have back home - hoarding lots of food, sweets etc and spent our time eating, drinking and sleeping...We found a really nice little restaurant run by an absolutely crazy but lovely woman - she gave us the full recipe and cooking instructions for her Goulash whilst we ate.
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Meilla oli tarkoituksena herata aikaisin jotta ehtisimme rauhassa syoda aamiaisen ennen puoli kahdeksalta lahtevaa bussia, vaan toisin kavi. Nukuimme kummatkin heratyskelloon heraamatta, kunnes mina havahduin hereille vajaat 20 minuuttia ennen bussin lahtoa. Pikku paniikista ja kiireesta huolimatta ehdimme bussiin juuri ennen kuin se starttasi.
Seitseman tuntia myohemmin saavuimme vuoristossa sijaitsevaan Dalat-kaupunkiin. Lampotila pysyttelee siella 15-20C asteen lukemissa valtaosan vuotta, ja viileampi ilmasto tuntui tosi virkistavalta hiostavan, likaisen Saigonin jalkeen.
Vietimme joulun aika rauhallisissa merkeissa lahinna herkutellen, lepaillen ja laiskotellen. Loysimme kaupungista ihastuttavan pikku ravintolan jossa soimme joulukinkun/kalkkunan sijaan karria, samaan aikaan kun ravintolaa pitava ekstrovertti Tu Anh selosti meille suosikkireseptejaan. Ei ihme etta ruuat maistui niin hyvalle, kun keskivertoateriaa oli keitelty valtaosa paivasta.
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