Hanoi Monday, Kindergarten class Tuesday and today?... a day in the sun at Dosun Beach! Last night at about 10pm (after classes) I got a text message from Xuan asking me if I'd like to join him and a bunch of friends from Nam Phap Church Class and Ian and Lesley on a ride to Dosun Beach today.. so of course I jumped at the opportunity. So I was up early to get tonight's lesson plans done, because I knew it would be a rush to get organised for classes at 5:30pm.
Khanh came to pick me up at 10:30 with a Handbook for the English Translator which he bought to help me to learn to speak Vietnamese... how kind of him! We headed off to Ian and Lesley's hotel where we teamed up with several others, and headed off... 4 bikes, 8 riders. They decided to divert before heading out of the city and get an early lunch here rather than pay the inflated prices at Dosun. So we ended up at a vegetarian restaurant called The Loving Hut, where we had an assortment of dishes.
Khanh, Ian, Lesley, Thao, Xuan, Nhan, and Net
While it all tasted nice, what fascinated me is why they take so much trouble to make their vegetarian food look like meat! We had imitation beef, chicken, pork, prawns, snails.... even bamboo shoots presented so they looked like chicken drumsticks! What's wrong with vegetatians just eating tasty vegetables??
You can see the huge resort complex that's under construction down below. Later on we went for a swim in the little cove you can almost see on the right.
Nhan, Ian and Net
Nhan, Thao and Net
The walk down the hill was interesting... we passed through a 'zoo' of concrete animals...
They're building a pagoda next to a big terrace... a bit like a wedding chapel?
There is also a row of delightful cabins... no doubt intended for wealthy tourists.
Nevertheless, I had a great day, thoroughly enjoying the company and the outing. Still, I was very glad that I didn't have to walk home after work... Sun, the security guard gave me a ride.