Good bye Asia

January27

Our last stroll along the tarmac in the heat…good bye Asia, good bye summer, good riddance squat toilets. Hello winter…
Flying Air Asia

Beach-side Vietnam

January24

We spent a few days on the eastern coast of Vietnam, in the resort town of Nha Trang.
Nha Trang
We were fortunate enough to meet up with some friends from Canada; Richard, Kim, Dana and Megan. One of our days was spent at the local hot springs, which also offered mud baths. Soooo fun!
Mud gang
Being a seaside resort town, there was no shortage of seafood, which could be bought, cooked, and consumed right on the beach.
Lobster!
Curious girls
We ended the time together with some good ol’ Italian food. It was great to catch up with some old friends in a faraway place!
Pizza!

To Ho Chi Minh…

January22

We took a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, HCMC) the next day. The thing you immediately notice about this city is the amazing number of scooters and motorcyles. There could be from 50 to 150 two-wheeled vehicles lined up at each intersection, in both directions! They seem to have a keen sense of flow. A person’s handlebars may be inches away from their neighbouring scooters. The mass of them are not unlike a school of fish; changing direction as a whole around any obstacle.
Scooters
Girls
With that many 2 wheeled vehicles, the inner tubes can pile up!
Tires
Not sure if this is to code:
Wires
We went to the Vietnamese wedding of our friend Nhu. It had a traditional side, complete with the groom’s family coming to the bride’s family’s house bearing gift boxes of fruits, cake, and roasted duck. The reception was held in a large hotel that had many ballrooms; each holding a wedding reception. There were dancing and singing entertainers just before dinner, complete with exploding balloons of tinsel-confetti.
Wedding
As it was a wedding, some of the fancier dishes were served:
Pork
It was a beautiful wedding and we feel so special to have been invited by our friend, Nhu. We wish all the best to her and her husband, Thien.

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