February 10, 2013
Happy New Year!
We cruised from our hotel into Nha Trang on the bikes in the morning. Every street was adorned with banners, lights or lanterns.
Most everything was closed, so we headed over to the tourist area for brunch. We found a bakery and were immediately offered nuts and candied fruit, such as raisins and plums. These are traditional foods eaten during Tet and because it is bad luck to refuse gifts, we were happy to sample them. Nha Trang is a favorite destination for Russians, and many of the signs and menus in town were in Cyrillic characters. There were two Russian tourists at the bakery with us, drinking Bia Saigon and smoking at 9am, putting salt in their beers to dissipate the foam.
Despite a solid breakfast, Chandler was feeling very feverish after we ate, so he went back to the hotel for a nap. I decided to hang out near the beach and take some pictures.
Chan was feeling better that evening. We went out for an excellent dinner of pizza and pasta at an Italian restaurant with the strange name of “Good Morning Vietnam.” We capped the night with really good western style ice cream!