Finally--some beach time!
Trip Start Jul 26, 2006
109Trip End Apr 01, 2008
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Mui Ne is basically a one-road town, and here Route 706 stretches for about 10km along the shores of the South China Sea. Most of the resorts and restaurants are concentrated on the west end, but we lucked out and just happened to make reservations at a quieter spot at the far eastern end. Most of our precious few recreational hours in Mui Ne were spent walking on the beach
So needless to say, the next day we headed east instead, towards a little fishing town a few kilometers away. This walk was much more rewarding and thankfully rat-free as this area ended up being where all the fishermen load their boats and head out to do some fishing, not where they dump all their trash. Once we reached the village, we jumped on some motos and caught a ride out to Mui Ne's "little grand canyon" and its famous sand dunes
Three weeks is a long time to spend traveling with somebody that you're still getting to know, especially in a foreign country. I've certainly had my share of travel disasters because I made the mistake of climbing into a car with someone that it turns out I really didn't know all that well. Hundreds of miles from home, with not much $$ in your pocket and no escape hatch, you pass the remaining time you have together focusing on the radio, the scenery, a good book, some future trip that you're going to take all by yourself-anything to help you forget about the dreadful person sitting right beside you. Later you'll (hopefully) recall the really joyful moments that you spent together, and realize that you too can be a bit difficult (even downright crotchety) from time to time. I'd just come off spending the past five months pretty much on my own, and I can be a bit "set in my ways" (as Mom would say) to begin with. But I tried to make up for my crotchetiness by being an extra good line leader when it came time to cross those hectic Vietnamese streets, by trying to always carry the heavier bags, and by assuring that Jennifer never fell out of any of the boats we rode in (though there were some close calls!). For her part, Jennifer was a lovely travel companion. She led me along to some of the most gorgeous spots on the planet, never forced me to go shopping, was always ready for some adventure, and made peace with my constant beer drinking and napping. In between all that, she was just a wonderful person to spend time with and definitely left a special place in my heart for Vietnam. I hope we get to travel together again some day.