Day 18: Surfing, Sand Dunes, and Canadian Thanksgiving

2016-10-10-mei-fall-semester-1muine6281-mei-international-academy-travel-study-study-abroad-international-baccalaureat-advanced-placement-go-abroad-education2016-10-10-mei-fall-semester-1muine6933-mei-international-academy-travel-study-study-abroad-international-baccalaureat-advanced-placement-go-abroad-educationEarly in the morning, we helped arrange surfing lessons for the class. The conditions were pristine for beginners. There was an endless flow of gentle waves, big enough to surf, and close to shore. Our instructors helped the beginners get their footing by holding their board and launching them with the wave. Athena was a quick learner, finding her balance quickly and looking like a pro surfer.

In the afternoon, we piled into jeeps and roared out to Mui Ne’s claim to fame: the White Sand Dunes. These naturally occurring dunes are a popular attraction for eco-tourism. We walked out along the ridge of a dune and rented some 2016-10-10-mei-fall-semester-1muine5932-mei-international-academy-travel-study-study-abroad-international-baccalaureat-advanced-placement-go-abroad-educationplastic sleds to slide down them. Shout out to Jess who, with perfect form, set the record for distance. The sun set and we returned home, covered in sand.

In the evening, the hotel prepared a lavish barbecue grilled feast for our Canadian Thanksgiving. Afterward, we sat near the beach and each person shared a short, creative piece. Students told 2016-10-10-mei-fall-semester-1muine6402-mei-international-academy-travel-study-study-abroad-international-baccalaureat-advanced-placement-go-abroad-educationfunny stories about their families, read poetry, and played the ukulele. Night had fallen and we took our last breaths next to ocean and returned to our rooms. It was time to pack up. Tomorrow we head to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC).

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