More of Vietnam
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Our second day in Vietnam didn't go near as well as our first. We didn't dock until 8am or so and we didn't actually dock. Again we had to take tenders from the ship to the shore. Since we weren't taking a tour the soonest we could hope to get off was at 9am. We got breakfast (they finally served grits) and then went to the lounge to wait...and wait... We didn't get on a tender until almost 11am. One of the crew had recorded the Bronco game so I got to see them win in the last 2 seconds with a field goal. I don't know when they played though.
Once we got to the shore it was raining and hasn't stopped. Our first thought was to wander from the port and look around. We were again hounded by the local hawkers.
It was a short walk to the beach which was beautiful despite the rain. I was a little turned off when first saw a man peeing, and then shortly later a woman. That was a little disturbing since I've never really seen a woman urinate before. The beach is huge. Kim has a goal of putting her feet in to all the seas of the world and this was no exception. She marched out there so I could take a picture....constantly running back towards the shore fearing the waves would splash her back.
Fortunatly it was warm...warm enough that I didn't mind being wet.
We wandered around in the rain a bit and then decided to eat. Our first atttempt was a seedy bar. Everyone looked at us..peering..and I was pretty sure they didn't want us there. We stayed for a moment, only long enough to confuse the wait staff who didn't speak english and then left. I did leave a buck for a tip so I don't think they were too offended. We decided to go somewhere a little more public and ended up at a great small family shop selling Pho. This is probably my favorite asian dish now. It's in competition with Pad Thai.
Pho is a noodle that they put in a flaverful broth.
From there we wandered a bit more and then ended up in the internet cafe. We only have about an hour left before we have to return to the ship. Our day here was scheduled from 9am to 5pm, however we had to catch the shuttle bus at the market by 4pm and we didn't get to the market until nearly noon. All in all we've had 4 hours. Not enough time but since it's raining oh well.
As soon as we're done we'll wander the market a bit and then get on the bus. Tonight they have Scary-o-kee (I think that's what they called it). Kim told me that when she's not much of a singer...and the byline to the advertisement is "Have you got a voice that can peel paint? Then this is your night" I'm going to try and get her on the stage.