|Loc Ninh, our first town in Vietnam. Orderly and patriotic. We found a clean guest house, awesome street food and a local open air market easily. It set us up for a super outlook on this new-to-us country.|
|Markos and Sampson model their cycle tans. This silly local's beach had several old-style painted car bodies lined along the beach. Vietnamese girls were taking posed pictures by them.|
Formal, rectangular cement "shoe box" homes. Simple, Art Deco-type geometric designs on the front facades. The short end facing the street is lined with tall folding or multiple doors across the entire front. The roof line starts high in the front and descends towards the back of the home.
Lush green forests; towering, mature, rubber tree plantations; lime green rice paddies; cashew tree orchards with piles of discarded fruit rotting in piles beneath the huge trees; and now at the coast, fields of odd Christmas cactus-type dragon fruit plants, light bulbs strung low along the rows (why?)
Long beaches, littered with Styrofoam and plastic waste. Garbage churning in the first 25 metres of the waves and foam. Circular blue plastic “bathtub” fishing boats cover the beaches like a boat parking lot. Further north, clean, private "tourist" beaches.
New, easy to access, tasty discoveries. Street food everywhere, rice/noodles, greens galore. Spicy sauces and sweet crunchiness of lettuces and cucumbers. "Tra da" iced tea, with one cup on top of the insulated cooler jug. I guess sharing germs isn't a concern? If we are served tra da at the table (small, plastic with smaller plastic stools around it) we get one cup and a jug of tra da. We've learned how to share too. So far, so good....
"Pajama Day" seniors. Older men, walking along the road or biking along the highway, wearing pajamas. Any time of the day, any day of the week.
A culture of hanging out and relaxation. Cold drink stands lined with shaded hammocks around small tables. Vietnamese people sleeping, talking, doing business while lying in a hammock. And if not in a hammock, playing loud games of cards or tile games. Money changing hands, hollering and laughter.
Morning roadside tables loaded with butchered meat, the tail of a dog descending from one, the head of a goat accompanying another – indicating the original source of the wares.
Electronic recordings tweeting from large cement "swallow buildings" - a nest made of swallow saliva sells for US $250.00 It seems that every one and their brother is in on this enterprise.