Published: October 27th 2011October 27th 2011
It's hard to believe we've already been in Vietnam for 3 weeks! It really does seem like yesterday that we stepped off the plane. That just goes to show how quickly time flies when you are having fun!!!!
We finally moved into the apartment almost 2 weeks ago now. Would you believe it, we got the one we were shown on the opening day so you've seen it already. We're up on the 13th floor, only everyone seems to refer to it as floor 12B. We're not that superstitious though!
Life is good and work isn't bad either. Our classes are nice and we are gradually learning the names of our students. Russ has even started learning Vietnamese but he's struggling to count beyond two. At least he can order a coffee and a couple of beers!! Trish was bestowed with gifts for Vietnam's Womens' Day. She got some lovely flowers, a couple of teeshirts and a tea service.
Outside of work we are trying to keep fit! We have bought bikes. We had to go in to TDM to get them and then we cycled all the way back to Binh Duong. Not bad in 32 degrees
of humidity! We've also been down to the sports centre and had a swim at dusk. It's quite something to swim in the pool when it is illuminated by halogen lights. One day we took our bikes out to the villages closest to Binh Duong where we sat out and drank Vietnamese iced coffee. There's a knack to it - you have to let your mini filter drip all the way through before pouring its contents onto the waiting glass of ice. While you're waiting, the local chrysanthemum water is refreshing. That day we came across some water buffalo having a mud bath. When we stopped to take some photos we became as much an attraction for the locals as the buffalo were to us!!
A stone's throw from the Aroma apartments where we live is Central Park. It's nice to stroll around after work and offers some great views of our building. You have to get used to saying hello every 5 minutes though as it's a popular spot for courting young couples and students cruising on their mopeds!
As we've said, life is good. Long may it continue that way.
There are more photos below