“Saving face” is an interesting part of the culture in Vietnam, and we are convinced that is the only way the traffic works here. The roads in Saigon are congested with motos and cars, all merging and flowing along seemingly smoothly without traffic signs or lights to guide them. A few honks, but everyone seems stoic and composed. Crossing the street on foot is another matter. We could be safe and stay on the block where we slept, or venture out and see the city. Just make a move to cross – don’t stop, don’t slow down, and best not to panic with the oncoming traffic flowing around you. Just go at an even pace with a little faith and you will reach the other curb safely. After a few times, it becomes second hand and you don’t think twice about it, but those first few times were fairly stressful. After a few days in Saigon (and with the bikes still in the boxes) we took an overnight train to Nha Trang – a busy city on the South China Sea, where we are putting the bikes together this morning. Our train tickets said we were prohibited from bringing fish sauce, dried fish or durian (a revered fruit) along as they are too smelly, so we left all that in Saigon. It is actually the monsoon season here in central Vietnam, and they just experienced 4 days of the worst flooding in 50 years. Mud slides, houses swept away, and the water is completely churned up in the sea. It is sunny out today, but the locals are still recovering from the rains last week. We discovered a beach club yesterday with a delicious pool and comfortable chairs, so after another day or 2 hanging out, we might like to get up and go and actually start this bike trip properly!