Ray continues to work at the clinic every day while the kids and I help the clinic staff with English two or three days a week from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. The boys and I then return to the hotel, have breakfast and work on homework until lunch time. This week we also ventured out a bit and visited an English cafe, where Vietnamese students come to practice their English skills. The cafe is always looking for native English speakers to help the students so we dropped by and had a coffee and chatted with a few students for a couple hours. We all had a good time and it was fun getting to know a few people. We are schedule to go back on Monday and Wednesday next week.
On Friday, the dental clinic director arranged for us to go into the mountains nearby and see monkeys. Monkeys are very sleepy in the heat of the day, so in order to see them you have to either go really early in the morning or late in the evening. We opted for morning and met up with the tour guide and driver at 5:30 a.m. to head for Sontra mountain, just outside Da Nang. Although we assumed we would be seeing groups of macaques, we were actually being taken to see red-shanked douc langer monkeys. We ended up seeing two different groups of these rare monkeys and even saw quite a few macaques. Everyone loved the outing and Ty even commented that it was so much better than visiting another temple. A definite highlight to our week!
A few more pics…
Walking in Da Nang.
Ray and his doppelganger.
Ray and some of his patients.