i made it to da nang! flying in was amazing as i saw all the rice fields and the roads filled with motorbikes magnifiy as we landed. after getting my luggage, i walked outside and mr. viet was right there with a sign to greet me. ironically, another volunteer was on my flight -- laura from australia. mr. viet drove the two of us to the phu an hotel to get settled and afterwards drove us to the global volutneer network da nang house for dinner and to meet the other volunteers. everyone i've met is amazing. lots from australia, a few from canada, a couple from USA, one from england.
the traffic in vietnam is exactly as i've read. no stop lights, nothing. the heirarchy of vehicles is basically: trucks, buses, cars, motorbikes, bikes, pedestrians. so crossing the street is a bit of a thrill.
after dinner, ursala, who has been in da nang for three months already, wanted sarah, who is leaving this week, to try this vietnamese delicacy -- duck fetus?? we tagged along to see.. unsure if we'd try it. it end up being like a hard boiled egg in which the duck was a little more developed than a little yellow yoke. i had one bite... though sarah really enjoyed it and ate 2 whole eggs! then later in the evening, despite starting to feel sort of exhausted, i went with dom, elise, ursala, and laura to play a little tennis. i figured, the more tired i get the better i'd sleep, and when would i get to play tennis later? finally returning to the hotel that night, i took the best shower of my life and went to bed.
today we had a full day.. i slept in, went back over to the house for lunch, met some more volunteers, went on a walk in the park accross the street, and then made an excursion out to the local tourist attraction, the "marble mountain". we climbed to the top and basically sweat out our entire water bottles. its hot and humid, but i guess i'll just get used to it! hopefully more details later, but i'm starving and dinner is already on the table. miss you all!