Saturday, May 24, 2008

Day 14 Mekong Delta

We boarded the bus and left Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) today for one day on the Mekong Delta. It was a three hour trip to Cai Be to catch our river touring boat and local guide. First we visited the floating market where all types of fruits and vegetables were sold. Next we enjoyed a sweet treat at the candy factory on one of the islands. They showed us how they pop rice in black sand, how they form the popcorn blocks and how coconut chewy candy is formed. We also watched how edible rice paper is made for use in spring rolls and the like. After sampling many treats were bought. Then we stopped at the Bonsai Gardens for lunch. Here they served whole fish standing up in the center of the table. Rice paper like we had just watched made was provided to roll up vegetables and fish to form our own spring rolls. After lunch we then rode down the river in san pans. Our woman drivers made it look so effortless. Next for those willing and full of energy, an hour long bike ride in the village took place. Many minor injuries due to narrow bridges and unfamiliar territory took place. But they wouldn’t trade their scrapes for the memories of the day. Fresh coconut milk in the shell was provided as refreshment as we then traveled to the home of our host on the river. We relaxed on the river in the muggy delta air enjoying music, dinner, and stories of our host couples war experience. They were pleased to have Americans here. These are new times of harmony. Catherine

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