I am sitting in a newly opened hotel of only 3 months in Tuy Hoa with my head spinning!! If you recall, it was only weeks ago that I came here with my pal Nghia to join him in the wake for his mother. As it turns out, I am here today to join with a friend Linh, for the wake of his mother. There is really not so much unusual in that. What is unusual is that tonight I returned to the same hotel I stayed before and was greeted by the husband of the owner of the hotel. He had been waiting for me all evening. When I went to get my room keys, he came out and declared that I was the owner of a hotel in Nha Trang. Huh?? Uh yes I answered. I have no idea how this person found out who I am, be he introduced himself and his wife and proceeded to engage me in conversation about the hotel industry. I told him that I had only one year experience and could not be much help, but he waived that aside and told me that being a foreigner in Vietnam running a hotel biz was not supposed to be
possible. It seems that word has got out about me and my situation. Jeezzzzz… That is all I need…. Is there anywhere I can go and be incognito?
Anyway…. We spoke for a while on what is acceptable to western standards, and other hotel related things. It turns out that he is a surgeon and comes to the hotel to help his wife. I promised him that next time I came to Tuy Hoa, I would get the receptionist to call him, and yes….. If Mai or I ever have a
problem with our health….. I will call him. Maybe I will, but I have to check his credentials first. A surgeon trained by who? He seemed like a nice fellow though, and I will talk with him again next time in Tuy Hoa
I blogged about Tuy Hoa in the past so I will not spend more time on it except to say that I really enjoy this place. Hopefully the area will become more tourist friendly in the future, but for now it is still 100% Vietnam. I popped in on Bob while I was here and we had a brief time to continue our
friendship. The poor fellow has been struck with obstacles and frustrations that I have not had. He is in the process of opening a café that serves western food in Tuy Hoa, and I will be a customer. I will be back.
So let me tell you about some fun I have been having. Those of you that have traveled in Vietnam know how shocking it can be when a bus or truck comes speeding up behind you and hits the ear shattering horns. Many times I have been shocked almost into the ditch, and I know how to drive here. It only takes momentary laps of concentration before it can happen. Well…. One of the things I did not like about my Harley was the noise it created. I had full intentions of taking it into the shop and having the pipes stuffed to quiet it up. Imagine the delight I felt the first time I went
passing and roaring by one of the offensive busses that constantly assailed my ear drums, when my rear view mirror, I saw the driver react exactly the same way I did to the surprising noise. Hmmmmmm …. I might have to reconsider changing the exhaust. As it stands, the loud pipes make me drive as gentle as possible so not to disturb people in the city too much, but gives me the glee at getting revenge to the shock and awe drivers……. Aahhhhh… payback is a bitch!!