Trip Start Apr 04, 2008
Trip End Mar 31, 2009

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

The ocean in Qui Nhon is shallow and green.
Much of the beach front is in a constant state of re-construction,
testimony to its impending hospitality for its locals and visitors.

No tourists to really speak of, not yet, anyway,
and the coffee here is plentiful and strong.

Fishing nets hang on stilts in the bay as kids wade far out past the surf 
peer into shallow water seemingly for some sort of treasure.
(You can take very long walks off a short pier and still have your head above water.)

It has a small town vibration, undulation, really,

soft and slow, like melting poetry,
and the people are nice,
especially the cool guy who filled up the tires on my bike and refused to take money.

A couple days is enough to view the town by bike and still leave time for a Cham tower.
Cham people lived for a thousand years in the stretch of Vietnam that
extends from Da Nang in the north to just short of Saigon in the south.
In the 12th century they got displaced and absorbed by the Vietnamese
coming from the north. We've been seeing Cham towers since Phan Thiet.

We caught the 18:30 train to Da Nang that will drop us off at 02:30.
We'll huddle (sprawl?) with our things in the heat until daybreak and then find a room.
Oh yeah.

yeah, and when we finally do pull into Da Nang, we hang out at the
station till dawn and then using our trusty Lonely Planet map head in
the wrong direction for a hotel. Oh yeah, the sun rises in the east, so
west must be the other way. Come, Meriwether.
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