|All of us at the local tasty cafe for sea food and friendship|
|Big Buddha overlooking Vi Bac Mountain and the bay at Vung Tau|
|Hey, its a beach.|
We got a good rest Saturday night after our mountain climbing and on Sunday morning went out to read books and drink coffee (below left) before going to the beach. We also got into conversations with local neighborhood folks who were relaxing with coffee.
The beach pictures barely do justice to the gorgeous, restful town and the people. The area where we swam was very clean and not too crowded in mid-morning. You might note to the right a beach umbrella, table and as many chairs as we wanted were rented for $5 a day. We were only there for maybe an hour but it was a good deal! After a refreshing swim in a warm sea with pretty active surf, the tide was coming in. We hung out on the beach for a while and then returned to Thi's home for another lunch with Thi's artist mom (she embroiders beautiful painting-like wall pieces), sisters and baby brother.
Then after another sea food and chicken lunch we went back to grab some reading time at the coffee shop we had visited in the morning. Thi and her family (her father was still at work -- overtime) relaxed at home with the typical early afternoon nap.
|Sunday morning Coffee and Book reading time|
The van ride back to HCMC was in the dark of night on a sometimes rainy highway and we passed one accident site where at least four motorbikes had crashed but we didn't see any casualties but having been a bike rider I just know it might have been serious. The van would stop here and there to pickup or drop off a passenger. In the seat in front of us were two women from Poland who had been vacationing in Vietnam for about a month and were returning home.
|A Sunday morning street life shot in Vaung Tau|
The shot below is at Thi's middle school where we visited and enjoyed the company of not just Thi but of a class of students who were there on a Saturday preparing for a special exam. The other school picture is of Leanna and Thi by the statue of scholar Vo Trung who the school is named after.
|Leanna, Thi and Scholar Vo Trung|
|Mom and Daughter Thi at restaurant.|
|Talking with the students at the middle school|
|Proud poppa and his 18 month old son!|
|Leanna and two of Thi's sisters.|