When I arrived in the city of Danang, it was raining like crazy and I was confined to the small, shaded and random sidewalk (in front of a pharmacy) the bus dropped me off at. So I sat down on the ground and watched the local kids play football right in the middle of the road and the rain. I now wish I had thought of taking a picture.. Anyway, one can't sit on sidewalks forever.The only other people who had got off the bus with me was a local family who left in a taxi.
I tried asking at the pharmacy where I was, but the pharmacist didn't know a single word of English. I have no idea how to sign language "address". This was one instance when my Lonely Planet became damn useful - there was the Vietnamese sentence for "what is this address?" in it. The LP map of course was as useless as ever, the road wasn't even marked on the map!
Once I got my bearings, it was time to go find Nha, a couchsurfer who contacted me the day before. Couchsurfing influenced my trip a lot, especially in Danang. I had a fabulous time here and was extremely reluctant to leave and I don't know if I would be saying the same thing if I didn't meet all those amazing people I met through couchsurfing. Nha, her sister and her friend decided to take me on a tour - my favourite kind of tour, a street food tour!
|jackfruit mix with crispy rice paper|
Hotels in Danang aren't very cheap. Since it is not a prominent hotspot on the backpacker trail, there aren't any cheap guesthouses as well. Once again, I was thankful for couchsurfing since a fellow couchsurfer so kindly offered me her room to sleep in. It is amazing the trust she put in a total stranger like me, giving me her house keys and her room. And no, I didn't wake up in a ice filled bathtub with my kidneys missing. Such hospitality felt both surprising and heartwarming at the same time. That was my first experience of actually surfing someone's 'couch'.
|My Khe Beach/ China Beach|
|Gotta love these dustbins!|
|walking along the beach|
|Another picture of a coconut|
|Luxury throne for 15000 Dong per seating|
|Cute fishing boats|