AW80D: Đà Nẵng, Vietnam

Danang - River and Bridges

The history of Đà Nẵng stretches back about 2,000 years to the days of the Champa Kingdom. Today, it is a modern port city and one of the most rapidly developing places in Vietnam. Đà Nẵng is a good base from which to explore three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (including Dolphie’s last stop, Hội An) and some beautiful natural scenery, including the Marble Mountains and Non Nuoc beach.

Dolphie also had a chance to enjoy one of our favorite fruits, which is also among the most awesome looking and awesomely named foods in the world: dragon fruit (also know as pitaya, but honestly, come on: dragon fruit).

Hoi An - Dragon Fruit

In case you were wondering, the inside looks like this:

By ProjectManhattan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By ProjectManhattan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Besides being super awesome to look at, dragon fruit is a lightly flavored and refreshing treat, with a texture similar to watermelon, except with tiny edible seeds throughout the flesh. The seeds have a delightfully satisfying crunch to them, and the fruit has a slightly sweet flavor with just a hint of tartness. On a hot day, cold dragon fruit is just what you need.


Danang - River and Mountains Danang - River No Dolphie

(Two things: 1 – AW80D stands for Around the World in 80 Dolphies, wherein we follow the international adventures of Dolphie, mascot of Shoreline Community College; 2 – Credit where credit’s due, so thanks Wikipedia and Lonely Planet, and if you’d like to see where I got my information, just click the links.)

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