Whale Island - Paradise

Trip Start Jan 12, 2006
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Trip End Feb 13, 2006


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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Ahhhhhhhhhhh, hot. Hot and sunny. So sunny I've had to be verry careful. I've slathered with lotion - (PSF 45), I've found my shorts and my sandals, I've finished one book and am reading another. I think about the next meal..hmmm, what will it be. Whale Island off the coast of Nha Trang, Vietnam - Paradise.

It's funny when you travel - you remember the places but you also remember all the people you meet and all the quick friendships you strike up. The odder thing it that you keep crossing paths with people in city after city or you see someone in the street and you realize that you saw the same person in a different city 2 weeks ago. You haven't spoken to them but there is a kinship all the same.

The odd thing about Whale Island was running into so many people who were living in Vietnam - most of them in Hanoi - but who were from different places. There was a couple from Washington State who were living in Hanoi and working for a couple of NGOs. There were two Danish women and one Danish man who were also working in Hanoi as well as a Swedish family who were stationed in Beijing for 2-1/2 years and came to Whale Island to escape Chinese New Year. I guess I kept thinking that everyone was a tourist like us - from their home country, a long way away.

Whale Island was a true vacation from our vacation. There really wasn't that much to do. There was a computer but it was soooo slow that we didn't even dare. There were a bunch of old cast off books that you good borrow but they were almost all in French,German or Vietnamese. The ones that were in English were not very appealing. You didn't decide what to eat - there were no menus - you simply showed up between 7 - 10 for breakfast, 12-2 for lunch and 7-9 for dinner and ate was put before you. The food was all very good although I wish there were something else for Breakfast besides eggs.

We hiked the path around the island. We went up to the big rock and took a panoramic movie. We sat on the porch. We sat on the beach. We sat in the lounge by the dining room. We went sailing one day with Paul and Tinika - a great couple from Porland, Oregon.That was a blast and we even snorkled a bit. But mostly we relaxed and talked. Dinners lingered on for 2 hours, we sat in the little bar and chatted and talked with whomever happened by. It was the most relaxed I've been in year. AND I"M SO GLAD TO BE BACK IN A BIG CITY WITH PLENTY TO DO. No, really, I loved it but after 3 days, it was the perfect time to leave and we are now enjoying urban smells,sounds and life again.
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speechie
speechie on

WHALE ISLAND - take me away!
Whale Island looks like paradise! Beautiful sailing spot!! Glad you didn't eat the spoiled 4 day old pork wrap!! Love, PAM

kdoster
kdoster on

Greetings!
Can you believe you're in the same country?! I saw this travel show featuring Asian food and they showed this large pickly green fruit (Can't remember the name) and it smells so bad that people can't eat it inside of restaurants or take it into their hotel rooms or public trans. Seen any?!? The travel guide dude spit it out saying it tasted like rotten onions. (Which suggests he's eaten them.)love, leener

hugoanddenis
hugoanddenis on

Re: Greetings!
Ummmm....Im the guy who doesnt like fruit so anything of that description sounds like hell to me. There are so many odd and unknown offerings in the markets,its hard to say if we have seen the one you mention. Ill keep looking...lol

Hugo

mandvzullo
mandvzullo on

Whale Island -- Eggs and Sailing
Nice pic of the sunset and Pearl Beach. All we had everyday -- breakfast and lunch in China for our 21 day trip in September 2004 was eggs and veggies -- oh lots of tea and cold beer. When we arrived home, we didn't have eggs for months -- Chinese food too.

Mike and Virginia

siewood
siewood on

Banh Trung
Ah yes, the infamous New Year's Eve Rice cake, wrapped in banana leaves. I think it's the mung bean paste which makes it so malodorous and well, plain inedible. I went to Chinatown to get one for my New Year's Eve party (having never tasted one) and the incredibly sweet, persuasive and PERSISTENT Vietnamese girl (I'm sure you've run into a few of those!) convinced me that I HAD to have 5! (she wanted me to buy 10 but I balked). Needless to say, after tasting it, we had 41/2 banh trung's left over. I think it's like one of the only Vietnamese dishes I've ever thumbed-down.
When you visit LA again I'll make you some good Kho.
James

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