Rain...but at least its warm!

Trip Start Nov 26, 2007
Trip End Nov 26, 2008

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

So we arrived in Nha Trang all excited to be at one of the world's best scuba diving sites and eager to get our fins on. It was pouring down with rain, that was 3 days ago and it hasn't stopped! This lovely beach paradise is ruined and I am going to get trench foot rather than improve my pathetic attempt at a tan (its alison by the way, tom has practically gone black by now). Talking about tom, BEARDWATCH 2008: has anybody noticed tom's beard in the photos? we've been away for 53 days now and he hasn't shaved his chin (nothing ever grows on the sides of his face and his tash looks so dodgy I make him shave it regulary). But the beard has been left to grow. I use beard in the loosest sense of the word, it is getting quite dense now and he did have an accident trimming it and now has a bald spot underneath but it's definately growing! I was going to take a sly photo and put it on the blog but we are having problems with our camera (thank you brian for your continued support and patience!) and I dont think we will be able to put any photos up on the blog for a while. Haven't taken many in Nha Trang anyway with the weather. We did go to the mud mineral spa place for the day - quite surreal sitting in a 38 degree pool in the pouring down rain! Good fun though and we now have baby soft skin!
This morning we volunteered at a school for street kids. Great fun playing animal guessing games with the younger children and talking about home with the older group, all the time improving their english. They loved the pictures of family and friends I have stuck in the back of my diary! I wish we could of spent some more time with them. This afternoon we went to the Oceanographic Centre - if we couldn't dive, we were gonna stare at fish in tanks! Quite impressive, large open tanks with everything from reef sharks to clown fish swimming around. Some of the tanks had live coral and were quite nice habitats. There were about half a dozen really big green turtles in a boring empty pool, they looked so sad just sitting on the bottom. The worst thing was they could hear the waves crashing as the sea was just outside the aquarium. At least they weren't being sold for meat in the market...have seen that as well! Another part of the centre had every type of sea creature pickled and in jars and an area of stuffed sea mammals.
We are going to have fresh lobster cooked at the side of the road tonight (every other night they haven't been there because of the rain). Yes I have no problem scoffing a lobster after watching them crawling around an aquarium! Then later we get the night bus to Saigon where hopefully it will have stopped raining, or at least we'll be able to enjoy some indoor activities!

Hi its Tom... the beauty of internet cafes, seperate computers and blog editing. Beardwatch is something of great amusement to son so i'm introducing poo watch ( not for the queasy stomached people, please stop reading). Two countries two slippery ends. She may have no problem scoffing but alas its not working well down below. I may well have growth equivalent to a finely mown lawn but at least my genetics have allowed to take in all the local produce( so far) without problems... Having said this i have probably jinxed myself, quick wheres the immodium?

Alison: Sigh, tut and slow head shake!
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