Been here 10 days and walked a few directions. I saw a few of the tourist and backpacker joys here this time and last time I was here. I decided though I would finish up with trips to places like other day to the 50 year old pedestrian bridge hidden right there in the city and then yesterday from the Da Nang Museum to the suspension bridge that crosses Da Nang Harbor.
Today it was a neighborhood I had kinda walked through before. No big tourist things. No museums or bridges. Wonderful small streets though with friendly people that would stop what they were doing to say hello. Many standing inside coffee shops waving and smiling. There were also the small alleys or side streets I so enjoy walking down. They are microcosms of life with life going on, people going into beauty salons or shops, and always a small coffee shop. Coffee is just so important to Vietnam!
So here is the last day for your review. Hours spent walking down charming small streets and avenues. Take a look.
This is the part of Da Nang away from the river and beaches but no less vibrant and wonderful and very welcoming. Its always the small things that lead me to the next place and these streets did not disappoint.
If you want to find the things that are not the instagrammable moments but perhaps show you what life is like, its all there for you. Leave all the twitter and instagram moments behind. Get lost with the camera down a street or two where you don’t know how to get back. Let yourself go. You may find more of worth and beauty, quiet and solitude, and moments to consider than on those 5 day travel blog inspired tours. I venture to say that this is Vietnam as well as the other places but perhaps a view of a city or town not tinted by tourism.
Now I am done this time in Da Nang. The city is welcoming and warm and hospitable wherever I’ve wandered. I’ve met some other things which have turned out so well for me with friends here that have let me see that there is a corner to turn and life does go on and I can find people that matter here in Vietnam. That’s been particularly wonderful for me at a few levels.
The next step is Hanoi for 11 days. I’ll meet my friend Cat the very first day for coffee and talk. She is well versed in english and tourism and has a wonderful sense of humor tinted with sarcasm which I enjoy immensely. Tomorrow I leave for Hanoi but I know I’ll be back here to stay longer. Da Nang and I have this connection.