This weekend brings us to a much-needed break, a week off school for the Chinese Qing Ming (pronounced Ching Ming – a holiday where the Chinese visit their ancestors graves and enjoy the greenery of spring) and our Western Easter holiday. We were tired of the dull drab weather that has enveloped Shanghai since December so we wanted to escape and head to a beach for a vacation. Vietnam was cheap and has a unspoiled beach, so we are told. Trip all booked and anticipation was building as the holiday crept closer and closer. This week I would check the weather and see the temps expected in the high 30’s! As the week wore on the forecast changed, for the worse, as a typhoon was moving in. Heavy rains have covered most areas that border the equator, and it is not even rainy season for 1-2 months! Saturday (today), Sunday and Monday are to be a ‘wash out’… pun intended;). The typhoon is just coming on shore now and we leave tomorrow late afternoon. I just hope things are good enough to arrive safely and allow us to explore a new country, culture and city.Maybe it is just Mother Nature’s April Fool…
Today we went and bought a few essentials… rain gear and waterproof/quick dry items. Work has been extremely busy lately with a major event every week for the last month, not to mention lead up time and practices for each event. At this point I am just looking forward to the time off and a little rain isn’t going to spoil the fun. We have always been lucky and have had good weather when on vacation so I am sure this will turn around, but if not I brought a good book and the hotel has a spa where the cost of pampering comes in many varieties for less than $30! Pedicures for $12 are even cheaper than Shanghai. I know what I have planned for a rainy day.
Vietnam is not a place I ever thought I would want to visit and images of war or jungle seem to spring to mind whenever someone mentions it. A lot of staff from school have visited and said it is unspoiled and not over run by tourists and big hotels… yet. Kind of makes it even more exciting since we will get to see something as it develops and is still embracing its natural beauty and not tourist dollars.
Vacations make memories and good stories to tell… so no matter the weather there will be adventures to write about and share. We probably won’t bring a computer, so the tales will have to wait until we return next weekend. So what is your best vacation memory?
Stay tuned for more… next time from Vietnam!