Saturday, May 30, 2015

When In Danang: Part Eight

When in Danag, play with babies. 

Now granted, this isn't the easiest task to accomplish. You will definitely need to track down a suitable child and gain her parents' approval before diving in. 

Lucky for me, my daughter's Vietnamese host family happens to have a seven-month-old on hand, and she is a perfect specimen. 

Meet Ivy.

Why yes, I did steal this photo off my daughter's Snapchat. Thanks, Phronky

She is as sweet, chubby and smart a baby as you could ever hope to find. 

And as happy as the day is long. 

Her smiles are to die for, and when her little Asian face lights up with glee, I am mesmerized. I could spend hours with Ivy - singing, laughing, and watching her romp around on her grandparents' bed. 

Oh wait. I have definitely done that. 

But why not? Babies speak a universal language of love and with my little friend, I experience none of the culture awkwardness or language gaps that we adults often struggle to cross. Ivy and I understand each other perfectly, and find nothing but sheer joy in our friendship. 

When in Danang, play with babies. 

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Here are my other top ten tips for getting to know the sweet little city of Danang, Vietnam:

                    One | Ride across the bridges
                    Two | Hang out in coffee shops
                    Three | Play at the beach
                    Four | Stroll along the river after dark
                    Five | Fuel your creativity
                    Six | Go see the sunrise
                    Seven | Spend an afternoon wandering in Hoian
                    Nine | Get your nails done

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