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A little family luxe

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This trip to Vietnam is kind of special. It’s rare (like maybe once a decade) that my brothers and I can simultaneously be in the same room with my mom, let alone travel together. We all have hectic, busy lives with our own families and live spread out all over the world.

Given the rarity of the occasion, and since we were going to be in the area doing charity work, my mom decided to treat us all to a day at the beach in Phan Thiet, a popular resort town that attracts visitors worldwide. We’d never been there before. Holy cow! I can now see why it’s so popular. It’s beautiful!
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Walkin’ the dawg

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On Friday the “dawg” and I carpooled with Jack over to the peninsula. We dropped Jack at work and then headed straight for the beach in Half Moon Bay for a much needed breath of ocean air. There’s something about the beach that just clears the mind, don’t you think? After a LONG walk the dawg finally conked out and I was able to get in plenty of studying at a local coffee shop. The upcoming week is full of exams so there’s a lot of studying going on right now.

Who knew that I would come to love organic chemistry so much? I know! I’m a little shocked myself.

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When we first got to the beach we were surprised by this herd of goats about 50 feet from the cliff. Call me crazy but beaches and goats are not something that I automatically associate together. But alas, there they were.

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Oh, yes. We had fun. Lily got to do what she loves to do: tear it up all over the beach spraying sand everywhere and chasing waves.

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And I got to do what I like to do: beach comb. I can spend hours looking at shells and little crabs, pieces of driftwood and algae. There were tons of these jelly fish things. I have no idea if they’re actually jelly fish or not, but that’s what they look like to me, so that’s what I’m calling them.

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All in all it was a good way to start a weekend of studying.

 

 

Walking the beach in Vung Tau

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Vung Tau is a seaside resort community about two hours south of Saigon. The close proximity makes Vung Tau a popular destination for urbanites looking to escape city smog and congestion. Vung Tau is filled with seaside resorts, condominiums and villas, cafes, restaurants and karaoke bars that cater to weekend living.

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There are only two things that mar the lovely waterfront vistas: the oil rigs and container ships that dot the horizon a few miles offshore, and the copious amounts of garbage littering the beach. To the city’s credit they are working hard to clean the beaches and at nearly any time of day one can see beach cleaners out and about.

Regardless of these two blemishes walking the beaches in Vung Tau is a lovely way to the catch the rising or falling sun. Front beach, in particular, is fun to walk and people watch.

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