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sunny 30 °C

It was time to move on so we have said goodbye to our friends in Saigon and moved on to Mui Ne which is a little town on Vietnam's eastern coast. We took a taxi as the bus schedule was awkward and a little unpredictable. And, by the time we took a cab to the bus station, got the bus, and took a cab from the bus station to the hotel it wasn't going to be that much more to get the door to door service. Tao, our driver, was a really nice lady that spoke a little english and was very pleasant. She was recommended for her safe driving and we have no argument there...she rarely got out of third gear as to not risk breaking the 50km/h speed limit. When she hit fourth it was usually just as she tried to pass a truck on an incline. Those of you familiar with a standard transmission will know that that is a recipe for disaster, her foot was keeping the pedal to the metal, but the engine was choking and spluttering to death.

The 1A highway is supposed to be a scenic route and originally I had wanted to scooter long stretches of this area after seeing a "Top Gear" episode where the guys had done a challenge here. Luckily we opted for the cab ride as their is nothing too scenic here as we wound our way out of the city and along some pretty industrial and then farm areas. As we got close to Mui Ne most of the fields were full of dragon fruit, an odd looking but delicious tasting fruit that is tough to explain if you haven't tried. Get to the grocery store and give it a shot as it is really good and good for you!

We had booked ourselves a week in the Full Moon Beach Resort which is tied into the Jibe's Beach Bar and Kitesurfing School. I have been kitesurfing in St.Maarten for years now and we have been trying to find a place for Nat to learn. Our online booking was a little vague, but basically we signed up for a week of lessons for both of us; Nat to start from scratch and I was looking to learn some new skills. We checked in just after noon and headed for some lunch and to meet the staff who would be our teachers. The wind was light and the forecast looked a little dubious to say the least, but Drew, Weop, Adie and the rest of the guys were all positive and got us orientated right away.

This morning I got up early and caught the sun rising over the South China Sea, the fishermen in boats that are best described as 'tea cups' had been awake for ages and were already hard at work. The forecast was still pretty sad, but we headed down to the shack to check out what the plan was. Nat and Adie went in one direction and I started with Weop, they are really keen on safety so I spent the day catching up on everything that the French guy that taught me skipped. The wind filled in late afternoon so we ended up having a great day, tomorrow is slated to be even better, so keep your fingers crossed. Now Nat is doing a yoga class and I'm curling 330ml of Saigon Beer...I'm feeling stronger already.

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Posted by colincampbell 07:41 Archived in Vietnam

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