The Grand Finale: Northern Vietnam…

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After our humbling experience in Cambodia, we headed off to the lively and bustling city of Hanoi, Vietnam.  Our first morning we booked a (free!) walking tour with two University students through an awesome organization called HanoiKids.  Our tour guides, Ha and Tao, took us for a stroll through the Old Quarter (which now appears to be rows on rows of open market; each street known for the specialty product sold in the stores that line it), around Sword Lake (which is known for the sacred 200kg turtle that inhabits it!), through the French Quarter, to the Temple of Literature (which is Hanoi’s first ever University), and finally to a ‘hole-in-the-wall’ coffee shop for some delicious Hanoi-style egg coffee – yummmm! We bid adieu to our new Vietnamese friends and spent the rest of the afternoon walking around Hanoi, soaking in some sights, eating delicious vietnamese foods, and mostly enjoying the warm, sunny weather.

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Sand Castles and Snorkelling

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Yesterday was another beautiful beach day that mostly consisted of eating and building sand castles.  Today we decided to be a little bit more adventurous and hopped on our bicycles to try and conquer the windy and hilly road leading to to Salad Beach which is located on the Northwest end of the island. We brought our snorkel gear along and spent the afternoon scanning the coral reef for marine life.  The visibility wasn’t very good today but we still got to see some interesting wildlife 🙂

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