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Dalat - The Mountain Excursion

Written on: Monday August 13th, 2007

A journal entry from: South East Asia

After taking in the ocean, Adam and I got a ride up into the Vietnam mountains for a bit of a different view.  Parts of the road were unfinished, which did not slow down the driver in the least, so I was not retaining as much seat contact as one might hope on a long bus ride.
Once we got in to Dalat, I was shock to find how much temperature difference there was.  Instead of a warm humid day in Vietnam, it felt as if I were in the middle of a sunny cool spring day in Vancouver.  For the first time on this trip, excluding the days I spent without my suitcase because it was lost in transit, I was wearing pants. 
The city is built around a lake, and a reputation for a get away spot for newly wed Vietnamese couples.  Of course Adam and I found the thinks that we enjoy being the back to back cafes and the day and night market that lacked any tourist.  Walking through the city, we rarely ran across any western faces, which was a welcome surprise as most locations we previously hit were spotted with tourists everywhere.  And after almost two and half months tourists are starting to look familiar, as we all tend to be hitting the same spots.
Spent a few days checking out the city mountain life and relaxing which would be needed once we hit Ho Chi Minh (Saigon).