Vietnam with Mom
The sun had just set beneath the majestic islands of Ha Long Bay. Mom and I walked through the streets of this peaceful little town in search of a nice dinner. The smell of sweet jasmine rice and fresh fish floated through the warm salty air. It was the last night of our adventure together in Vietnam; starting with Saigon in the south, up to the small village of Tuy Hoa, a quick stop in Na Trang, then to the north to the popular city of Hanoi, over to the beautiful valley of Sapa, and finally ending at one of the seven natural wonders of the world!
We passed a few backpackers here and there as I reminisced about my trip to Thailand the previous year and Mom told me stories of her youth. We laughed together over the details of our trip and some of the ridiculous situations in which we found ourselves. I will never forget our impromptu lunch in the jungle or getting lost and separated in Na Trang because we thought it’d be a good idea to rent our own motorbikes.
We continued our walk along the beautiful shoreline of Ha Long Bay until we discovered a floating restaurant where the only means to arrive was via a water taxi. The floor was made of wooden logs and there where no walls, only pillars holding up the thatched roof. After stepping foot onto the floating restaurant and once we regained balance, the friendly staff asked with a smile, “You want seafood?”.
She led us to the back where there was a row of large squares cut out of the floor. The gentleman attending these netted fish tanks, as we soon discovered, proceeded to scoop up different types of fish for us to select. We decided that one big fish was enough for us to share. I pointed and gave a nod of approval.
As we stood there, he proceed to take the fish out of the net and suddenly ….
My mom screamed in surprise as he slammed the fish to the floor.
She started laughing, “Well, I guess there’s no changing our minds!”
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