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A Very Vietnamese Christmas

_MG_1420Seasons greetings from Đà Lạt, Vietnam!

It’s been quite a week here at Wanderrlust.  We made our biggest drive yet from the beaches of Mũi Né to the mountains of Đà Lạt, where we’ve been busy restocking various supplies, catching up on busy work (seriously), taking in the sights, getting the bikes fixed for the millionth time, snapping plenty of photos, and doing some writing.  Good stuff to come soon.

In the meantime, we’ve been celebrating Christmas like there’s no tomorrow.  We spent Christmas Eve hiking one of the highest peaks in the area, replete with a gourmet picnic above the clouds – brie, gouda, salami, chorizo, bread, and crackers.  It was a literal and figurative heaven.  We splurged on a decadent, three-course dinner (cost: $14.70, including wine) at a sweet little bistro helmed by a former Cheesecake Factory sous chef from Houston, Texas (shout out to Krista and Tristan, my favorite Texas denizens!).  And, we strolled with what felt like the whole city last night, enjoying all the lights, flowers, and merriment.

We spent today touring the countryside with a motorbike guide, visiting a flower farm, silk factory, rice liquor “distillery” (someone’s house), coffee plantation, Buddhist temple, and some amazing waterfalls.  Still to come: a bottle of bubbly to share (in a Christmas miracle, we found booze from the West), dinner out as per usual, and hopefully meeting up with a Vietnamese friend from Mũi Né who’s in town tonight.

All in all, not bad for a Christmas half-way around the world from home … though we are missing our families immensely.  We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas celebrating life’s blessings with loved ones.

As always, and especially today, wishing you much peace, love, and happiness -

Courtney

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