An AWESOME culinary day!
Trip Start Nov 23, 2007
35Trip End Dec 11, 2007
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"Coffee" was interesting, as we were invited beyond the confines of the cafe and into the owner's private home space. This was the first indication that something was up. We had iced tea, hot tea, and freshly squeezed green orange juice (I'm beginning to fall in love with this concoction). Aunt Thuan told us about a back problem her friend, the owner, was having. Of course, I intervened and concluded it was nothing that needed surgery. And then this 18yo chick came in. She was starting?applying to? college. She was a BAAAA-BY - hahaha! Very . . . juvenile-looking. I hope to God this was not a chick Aunt Thuan was trying to set me up with. Anyway we left before long (but not before we heard the owner having some cell phone conversation with a daughter who was returning from Hanoi--maybe that's my betrothed - haha.
We set off for Mui Ne, 22km away
We went up through the hills and down to the beaches of Mui Ne. The once largely wooded area had become something much different. The red sand dunes, white sand dunes, and proximity to choice winds/waves here have turned this area into a tourist mecca. Large resorts had sprung up on the eastern side of the main strip and bars/karaoke/restaurants filled the western side. Miles and miles of resorts trying to outdo each other in extreme makeoverness (shout out to popcorn) lined the main strip, obscuring our view from the car of the gorgeous beach just meters behind
Aunt Thuan's friend Lang was riding with us in the vehicle and gave us a native's tour of the area. She apparently has a daughter getting married next month in Phan Thiet. Expected attendance: 1100! (that is NOT a typo) This was only the count for RSVP'd people. Actual attendance is always higher. This Lang character is very kind and friendly, telling us all kinds of interesting tidbits about the areas we visit while speaking very respectfully with my grandparents. She reminded Mom of the "lizard fishing" that is done nearby. Than lan nui (Mountain lizards) are caught for their prized chicken-like meat. We turn back around to head back to Phan Thiet, driving by the school Mom attended as a youngster.
Then it was time for dinner
After dinner, sate as can be, I began food-coma-ing as we toured some final spots around the city before heading back to the hotel. I planned to ask Mom about Lang, write my journal entry, and go to the nearest internet cafe. What i did . . . was . . . wait . . . what I did was . . . . zzzzzz......