After breakfast today, Hien led his first tour through the village of Bai Xep. Accompanied by guests Patrick and Toby – and me who tagged along for good measure – we set out at about 9am. A few steps up the road we encountered squid traps where Hien proceeded to explain how the squid were caught and how the traps were made. As we walked up towards the Well in the heart of the village we passed Bamboo that was being prepared for use in the sea and the villager’s houses – they’ve obviously been inspired by our new buildings! We passed by a lady who was sorting through some leaves that she would use for cooking and she offered us a taste of the Giang leaf which had a slightly lemon taste – Patrick couldn’t get enough of it and went back for seconds!
At the well Hien explained how the water was pumped to the village and we also had a demonstration of how the delicious rice crackers are made in the village. He also told us how it was only recent that fishing became the major source of income in Bai Xep – charcoal production used to be a huge part of their economy.
After a brief look though the market we moved on to another house where we observed a lady making seaweed cakes. Although there were none ready to taste I shall certainly be back to sample these once they are ready!
On to the back beach which is actually the working beach where many fishing vessels were moored and stored, We also watched two men sewing together fishing nets with an old singer sewing machine on the beach. Apparently it’s unlucky for the ladies to do this job – one in the eye for sexual equality!
After a look at the temple at the end of the beach the sun was starting to burn brightly in the sky and we were ready to return to the guest house for a cool beer – I know it was only about 10:30 in the morning – but hey – Life’s a Beach!!