I arrived on Cat Ba Island today.
The weather is nicer - still humid as a dishwasher's heavy cycle but not quite as hot. I've developed a three-shower per day habit. Although the nice thing about this country is that there are so many competing smells from the vegetation, the ocean, the farms, the pollution, the food, the fish market, and the raw heat itself, that there I haven't bothered with deodorant the whole time I've been here. I've never been very happy about the idea of smearing chemicals on my skin every day, but in many social and professional situations it's just poor manners to subject nonconsenting others to your bodily aroma. Yesterday in the high heat of the day I walked up and down to the temples and peaks of the "Marble Mountains". My clothes were literally dripping with sweat, and yet I didn't seem to give off the same funk I'd usually get from 15 minutes on a Stairmaster in an air-conditioned room.