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well its been about 3 weeks since I arrived home. there has been 1 large load of laundry, 6 gifts, and about a million questions. I've enjoyed the finer parts of life the past few weeks. new cloths everyday with a washing machine, junk food as far as the eye can see, TV in english, video games, and my personal favorite nobody constantly pushing me to buy their stuff. its diffrent. I look back and at times and I miss the simple times of vietnam. everyday I walk to the train station near my house and there is a classico motorbike (a very popular bike in vietnam) parked there and everyday I always for a second think im still there. I find myself saying xin loy, xin cho, and dat qua all the time. its just weird i miss vietnam. it was exciting, it was diffrent, it was a part of my life i look back on and laugh at. everybody's interested in where i've been. even after my first football game where we dominated i didn't get one "nice job." no I got a, "what was vietnam like?""do they like americans?""is it true that it is a communist state?" and of course the famous, "Why vietnam?" Why did I go to vietnam? Its a tough question. and the answer is To fill that empty space in my stomach, to fill that empty space for adventure, for new close firends, for change, even for conflict, and while I was there it was filled. adventure? we treked through a jungle and forged a river, we traveled the Ho Chi Minh trail and 90Km/h, we vistied exotic places few forigners ever get to see. Friends? more like family. I could have gone to No Wheresville, Nebraska and i would have had a great time with these people. Conflict? why would I want conflict? because it makes life interesting! My life has been boring, i was done watching TV and doing nothing. Boy did we have conflict, just ask my fellow leader in Hue how good I was at being leader (not good). while I was there I felt complete, I was excited and relaxed at the same time. While I was there that empty space was full. Unfortuantly after being back it seems to have been emptied out again. Once again i feel incomplete. I missed waking up and just catching a cab to go to the market. I miss waking up in a bamboo house and stepping outside only to be greeted by misty mountains, I miss waking up and seeing my friends. If i've learned anything while I was there, it is that you really don't know sombody until you have gone through at least 1 SEEMINGLY life threatning situation with them, because thats when u stop being friends and you become family. I miss you all see you on our road trip

-Jake C

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an empty space

Jake C,Vietnam, Summer 2007

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well its been about 3 weeks since I arrived home. there has been 1 large load of laundry, 6 gifts, and about a million questions. I’ve enjoyed the finer parts of life the past few weeks. new cloths everyday with a washing machine, junk food as far as the eye can see, TV in english, […]

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08/25/07

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Jake C

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It's hard to believe we're leaving tomorrow. It still hasn't quite sunk in yet, just like at the beginning of the trip when I hadn't wrapped my mind around the fact that I was going to Vietnam for six weeks. Am I really going home for who knows how long? I'm not sure if I'll ever return to Vietnam, but I hope I do. It will be different though, if I come back on my own. On the most basic level, the country itself will have changed, have developed more. But it will be different personally, because I won't be with the people who made this first experience what it was. Who will I survive homestays without Marie? Who will I learn Vietnemese with without Jocelyn? Who will I trek with, and laugh with, and talk with? The nine students and four teachers on this trip are the people who defined what this trip was going to be like, and what we would do here. When we go home, there will be a lot of things to share with our families, but there will also be some things that cannot be expressed in words. But I have a feeling that the thirteen people who travelled to Vietnam this summer will be able to understand each other.

Keep in touch.

Jenny

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Saying goodbye

Jenny,Vietnam, Summer 2007

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It’s hard to believe we’re leaving tomorrow. It still hasn’t quite sunk in yet, just like at the beginning of the trip when I hadn’t wrapped my mind around the fact that I was going to Vietnam for six weeks. Am I really going home for who knows how long? I’m not sure if I’ll […]

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08/8/07

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Jenny

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We've finally made it to Saigon, and the last leg of our journey!

For me personally, I know this will be a highlight of the trip. Already, after only being here a few days, I see why Katy, Minh, and Thu always say everything's better in the south. The food's better, the people are friendlier (which is an accomplishment, because everybody is friendly in Vietnam), and the city is livlier. On our first day here the girls went to find fabric to have traditional Vietnemese dresses tailor made from. After being talked out of buying a sequined zebra print bolt of silk, I settled on a dark green color, while my companions went for a variety that included bright pink and dark blue with white flowers. We then headed over to the tailor's shop to get our measurements. Meanwhile, the boys went to check out suits to buy. The morning of our second day was designated free time, where students could go and familarize themselves with the city. That afternoon, we went to visit an orphanage that was also a home for mentally disabled kids. This particular orphanage was founded in the 1990's and originally only had 20 children staying there. Now, in 2007, it has grown to take care of over 200 kids. Unfortunatly, we weren't able to stay long, but we were able to find time to play with some of the boys there.

This morning was another trip to the market, to catch up on some shopping, Vietnemese style. This means that not only do you have to find what you want to buy, but you have to work for it, too. The vendors usually sell their wares for twice what they're actually worth, so you need to bargin and convince them to sell it to you for less money than they want to. One good method we found was to walk away, at which point the seller would hurry after you, reluctantly shouting a discount price that they are willing to offer "just for you". The afternoon was a trip to the War Remnants Museum, which was originally titled the Museum of American War Crimes against Vietnam. So, as you've probably guessed, the museum was about the Vietnam War. It was pretty intense, but informative and interesting.

In the next couple of days we will pick up our suits and ao di's, visit a school, and, unfortunatly, say goodbye to one of our members, Jocelyn. It's been a busy couple of days, but it's the perfect way to end our trip.

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Here in Saigon

Jenny,Vietnam, Summer 2007

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We’ve finally made it to Saigon, and the last leg of our journey! For me personally, I know this will be a highlight of the trip. Already, after only being here a few days, I see why Katy, Minh, and Thu always say everything’s better in the south. The food’s better, the people are friendlier […]

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08/4/07

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Jenny

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Hello Everyone!

This past week we stayed at a Buddhist monastery, mekong village, and vegetarian restaurant -- all of which were unforgetable!

For me, staying at that monastery was amazing! Its beauty and calmness was a much needed escape from dirty city life. Unfortunately though, almost everyone else had horrible stomach aches for the majority of the stay there (from a suspected bad egg they ate right before arriving). This was my first time visiting a menastery and I expected everything to serious and cold (considering that everyone member there had chosen to live a live of solitude, but it turned out to be quite the contrary. We were immediately greeted by warm friendly smiles, and I soon observed some young monks, who I expected to be sitting silently in some isolated corner, laughing laudly and cheerfully while playing some intense badmitten and performing some pretty lame magic tricks. Even though we were only there for a day, it was enough time to learn a lot about some Buddhist practices (such as 5 types of meditation -- eating meditation was my personal favorite, due to the delicious vegetarian food) and we learned how to live the daily life of Buddhist monks and nuns (which starts at 3:45 AM). Overall, we had a great experience at the monestery -- so much fun there that we begged to stay longer, but we were only able to get an extra half day (which is more than it seems considering the half day starts at 3:45 AM).

The homestays were great too! A lot of us, myself included, arrived at the homestays very nervous, since we would be stuck living in close quarters with complete strangers who would not know any English. However, it turned out to be not so bad after all. The people we were staying with were all members of instructor Thu's family, which made me feel a lot better about the complete stranger issue. The language barrier turned out ok too (for some of us at least), because most of our "moms", "dads," "sisters," and "brothers" could understand our sometimes embarressing hand motions and body language. At the dinner table, all we knwe in vietnamese was the practical "delicious" and "I'm full," so we'd use those repeatedly as our generous "moms" kept insisting on feeding us more and more bowls of food (quite delicious might I add) -- however, it was really bad if you were to mix up the two phrases, as Jake G unfortunately learned. The homestay families were so welcoming -- my sister ran over and gave me a hug before I even learned her name -- and generous -- overfeeding us, lending us pajamas, and doing our laundry for us when we're not looking. In the end, the rural homestay was way less scary than I feared it would be, and it was really sad to say goodbye (most of our "sisters" even cried).

Finally, yesterday we spent the day and night a one of Thu's family member's vegetarian restaurant, in a city a few hours from the homestay village. I got to learn how to make fake meat and soy milk, how to cook restaurant-worthy vegetarian meals, and how to run a really busy family restaurant. We also all got to eat delicious food!

Oh yeah, and we also climbed a sacred mountain (which was really only a few flights of stares and didn't seem so sacred due to the tourist shops and stands every two feet).

Wow, we accomplished a lot last week! I miss you guys at home, but I'll see you soon.

-Erica

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monestery, homestay, thu’s family

Erica S.,Vietnam, Summer 2007

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Hello Everyone! This past week we stayed at a Buddhist monastery, mekong village, and vegetarian restaurant — all of which were unforgetable! For me, staying at that monastery was amazing! Its beauty and calmness was a much needed escape from dirty city life. Unfortunately though, almost everyone else had horrible stomach aches for the majority […]

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08/1/07

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Erica S.

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Hello everyone-

Our stay in Bat Nha monestery was remarkable. Everyone, monks and nuns, were inclusive in all activiites- walking meditation, working meditation, like cooking and cleaning- and they even set up a special tea meditation for us on our last night. Participating in silent eating and early morning meditaiton(wake up bell at 3:45) was such a new experience and a pleasure to get that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. One of the monks would always say to us that he hoped that by participating, instead of just studying, we could "touch the peace." Many monks spoke INCREDIBLE English and could teach the Dharma with wonderful gentleness, clarity, and love.

After wonderful silence and peace, we moved through the coffee and tea plantations of the Central Highland mountains down to the outskirts of Saigon. The traffic, pollution, and overall craziness only encouraged the stduents excitement to come back next week, but our final destination for the day was still hours away in the deep south of the Mekong Delta. We arrived in Tra Vinh asleep on our van but an excited Thu met us and in our guesthouse for the night. Since then, we have been staying in homestays down a dirt road outside of town, taking bucket showers, walking around in pajamas, washing our clothes outside, eating TONS of delicious southern food, and enjoying village life. Every student has a teenage brother or sister, and all of the families are relatives (uncles and aunts) of Thu and very excited to host foreigners for the first time.

We check in every day with each student but also try to give them enough time in the 3 days we are here to immerse themselves in family life. Today is the full moon festival and we saw some students at the Khmer pagoda while their homestay families were making offerings of incense and food. Many of the families are ethnic Khmer (Cambodian) and a few students have already learned "thank you" and "delicious" in Khmer (after weeks of mastering them in Vietnamese).

From our homestays in Tra Vinh we will head to climb Sam Mountain in Chau Doc, a place of pilgrimage for Chinese and Vietnamese people. We'll take an early early bus out there so we can begin the big climb before the heat of the day. From the mountain we'll go back Sa Dec to stay with Thu's uncle (different side of the family) and help out in the vegetarian restaurant that he runs. Then we head to Thu's hometown, Cao Lanh in Dong Thap province with sites like Ho Chi Minh's father's grave site. The Mekong Delta has some of the best food in Vietnam so hopefully we'll all still fit into our clothes (or pajamas) by the time we get to Ho Chi Minh City the night of the 2nd. Students have been working on designing their itinerary for that last week and Minh is now in Saigon finalizing dates and times with contacts there.

Since we are staying pretty rural down here, and keeping busy in the village, we will have limited email access until Ho Chi Minh City. Hopefully this lengthy yak-yak provides more information about where we are and soon we'll hear more from the students about how they are and what they've been learning. On our end, they are doing great, trying avacado smoothies, learning to cook, communicating with limited language skills, and finishing work on their isp's. More from all of us soon!

Katy, Brad, Thu (and Minh in Saigon!)

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monestery, homestays

Vietnam Instructor,Vietnam, Summer 2007

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Hello everyone- Our stay in Bat Nha monestery was remarkable. Everyone, monks and nuns, were inclusive in all activiites- walking meditation, working meditation, like cooking and cleaning- and they even set up a special tea meditation for us on our last night. Participating in silent eating and early morning meditaiton(wake up bell at 3:45) was […]

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07/28/07

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Vietnam Instructor

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Today is our last day in Kon Tum and it will be really sad to sad to say goodbye. We spent three days teaching English and playing games at an orphanage run by nuns with the friendliest smiles with the happiest little orphans. At first it was hard to teach them English with our limited vietnamese but we soon found that playing games like "chicken chicken duck" (instead of "duck duck goose") made teaching a breaze. And then after playing games, we all had a kareoke/breakdancing party in the class room, and one little 5 year-old stole the dance floor with his jaw-dropping dance moves (the little boy was doing the worm and shaking his butt like no other -- we were all thinking "where did he learn how to dance like that!"). I don't think I've ever laughed that hard!

Oh yeah, last night we also had our first real homestay, in a Bahnar village. I was really nervous about it because we were told that they would be speaking Bahnar (as opposed to English or Vietnamese), so we would have no communication whatsoever, except for staring at each other and smiling. However, it turned out ok in the end because I had a very friendly and smiley host, who was perfectly satisfied with just sitting, eating, and receiving a big smile and thumb's up at the food. Speaking of food, my family decided it was their responsibility to fatten me up, so they kept filling up my bowl with rice and veggis, and we were told ahead of time that it was disrespectful to not clear our rice bowls, so I had to eat it all. I was feeling quite bloto after that meal! Then, after dinner, we participated in an awesome traditional Bahnar dance festival thing. Afterwards, we exchanged songs, which ended up being pretty embaressing, considering we had not prepared and I personally have zero musical tallent. But we all just laughed it off, went to sleep, ate corn on the cob for breakfast, and biked away to our next adventure in the morning.

So that's pretty much it for Kon Tum. I miss you guys at home, but I'll see you soon!

-Erica

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hello from kon tum

Erica S.,Vietnam, Summer 2007

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Today is our last day in Kon Tum and it will be really sad to sad to say goodbye. We spent three days teaching English and playing games at an orphanage run by nuns with the friendliest smiles with the happiest little orphans. At first it was hard to teach them English with our limited […]

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07/23/07

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Erica S.

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As I look around Kon Tum, I wonder if it was really worth risking my life as I did in order to get here. We woke up very early in order to catch the one bus that travels here, only to find that they didn't want to put Americans on the bus because they didn't want to be liable if something happened (already a bad omen). So instead, we chartered a private van that wasn't very private. It had eleven of us plus our bags, plus five other people. The driver disguised the fact that he had Americans in his van by putting all the Vietnemese people at the windows, making it feel as if we were being smuggled across the border or something. The driver also decided he could fit a mother and her young son in one chair next to me, where they didn't really fit. The little boy was basically sitting on my lap. At on point I woke up only to find that the mother had put her head on my shoulder, even though I had never even met her before.

The drive itself was supposed to be seven hours, but it was actually closer to six, because of the breakneck speed at which we were travelling. The driver would honk his horn incrimentally, as if to make up for the fact that he was going 80 mph on the wrong side of a windy mountain road. The little boy got carsick about five times, and kept throwing up in a little plastic bag, which his mother would then throw out the window. Oh, and the air conditioning didn't work.

But today we went to teach English in an orphanage, and had an amazing time. We played games, and made all the kids laugh whenever we tried to speak Vietnemese. My group became friends with the cutest little girl in the world, who we all want to adopt, and I decided that, yes, it was totally worth risking my life to get here.

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The road to Kon Tum

Jenny,Vietnam, Summer 2007

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As I look around Kon Tum, I wonder if it was really worth risking my life as I did in order to get here. We woke up very early in order to catch the one bus that travels here, only to find that they didn’t want to put Americans on the bus because they didn’t […]

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07/23/07

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Jenny

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after avery memorable stay in Hue we were off to kon tum. we spent 8 hours in the car swerving around the Ho Chi Minh trail. upon getting out of the van we were swarmed with vendorafter vendor trying to sellus complete junk. we got to our guest house to find that we have more that 3 t.V channels! but we did spend long in our room, because we were of to get our bikes. everybody got old bikes except for me. because i was so tall thay gave me a brand spanking new mountain bike gear and all. we headed over to the house of a man who was working in the areas we were be in so we got some information from him. we met his entire family. his wife who was very suprised at the concept of "detention" and no "nap times" when me and Cameron explained toher the american highschool system, histwo daughters, and his twin sons. we had a feast! afterward we had tea and honey. the honey was collected by the tribes of the people the father worked with. we ended up at one point all together drinking straight up honey with no tea. the father said, "the tea is bitter tasting so it makes you feel very bad, but the honey is extremely sweet and puts you in a sweet mood" The next day we took a 11K bike ride to an orphanage we were going to work at. the kids we were teaching were from the Banar tribe, but the translator kept calling them the "Banana tribe" we taught the older kids the numbers 1-999, and the younger kids simple phrases. after class we all played soccer and suprised all the kids (espically the girls) that I was not 19 that I was 15 and was actually younger than most of them, even though I am much taller than all of them. The next day after my brand new mountain bike got a flat and was refused to be repaired and much complaining from both leaders andstudents alike, we decided to take a van to the orphanage. we taught the the teens simple phrases and the yopunger kids numbers. and we had a dance party afterward. after much arguing one of my fellow students said, " Well, your the athlete you get on the dance floor and we will see how easy it is for you!", I responded, "sure". I did a few handstand things and finished with the worm everybody was amazed, but I wasn't the star for long, because a five year old kid made his way to the floor and started break dancing! he spinning on his head, doing the coffee grinder, doing cart wheels,the worm, just about everything. at one point he took off his jacket and threw it in to the crowd. I gave him my hat anda presant. and the we were off to the actual village of the Banar people,

after riding for half and hour and having camerons bike break in two, we were there. we spen a while in the Rong house, a rong house is a house on stilts with a very tall roof and used communally. then we went to our first home stay. It was me ad Jake for convience.we spent the first half hour there being stared at by the mother, the father, the 22 and 19 year old sun, the 15 year old daughter, and the two 8 year old sons. then we went to the gong ceremony. the gong ceremony is where the men of the village play music and the girls and in our case the forigners dance around a huge fire. it was cool doing the ceremonal dance. When me and jake found our way back to ourhouse the family had already set up our beds with insect nets and all outside on porch. Then all of a sudden Jake screams ahhhhhhhh there is a bat in my net. turns out there wasn't but one had flown over his net and in his half asleep state thought it was in the tent.

today we went back to the orphanage and said our goodbys, it was sad but it had to come at some point. tommarrow we are off to the monastary for four days and it is going to be amazing. till next time

-jake C

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The bat, the “banana people”, and the break dancer

Jake C.,Vietnam, Summer 2007

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after avery memorable stay in Hue we were off to kon tum. we spent 8 hours in the car swerving around the Ho Chi Minh trail. upon getting out of the van we were swarmed with vendorafter vendor trying to sellus complete junk. we got to our guest house to find that we have more […]

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07/23/07

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Jake C.

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We've all been happy to settle into the tree-shaded streets of Hue in central Vietnam. A beautiful city centered around the moat-encircled, walled Imperial Palace of the last fuedal dynasty in central Vietnam. Hue is home to bustling streets where the bicycles, motorbikes, and cyclos (pedal cabs) easily outnumber the cars and street speeds are about 35 mph or less. Our hotel is near the center of town and it would be hard to imagine a better Vietnamese city to explore by bicycle. After renting single speed town bikes in Hue, instructors gave instructions bike safety and on how to bike with Vietnamese road rules, and then we were off to self-propel ourselves through the streets of Hue.

Biking in small groups, students have delivered themselves across town to their service projects as well as to shops and restaurants. As instructors we've had many proud moments this week seeing the students schedule their service activities and get themselves there on time independently by bicycle.

Along with these successes, students Jocelyn and Jane met some added challenges in biking. Jocelyn challenged a short roadside post with her bike and found the post to be quite unmoving -- down went Jocelyn. Jocelyn required one band-aid for a small scrape on her hand, and her cycling spirit found her back on a bike the same day. Jane was caught by surprise when a motorbike crowded her when she was making a turn on her bike. The motorbike hit her front wheel taking the bike to the ground, but Jane reacted quickly to jump off the bike as it fell and she had no injuries from the encounter. Of course, even with no injuries it was unnerving to have a motorbike driver asking for payment for the collision, even when the motorbike driver was supposed to yield in that traffic situation. Jane called staff to report the incident and get some support from us, and after sharing her experience with us and getting some clarification that she had the right of way and the motorbiker was at fault, Jane felt a lot better. We're very happy that Jane wasn't injured and impressed that after a shower and a rest, she chose to get back on a bike the same afternoon!

So, when you come to Hue, ask a local about the road rules, start slow, bike with friends, and enjoy the freedom and views of this beautiful riverside city from your bicycle!

From Vietnam,

Best to All,

Brad

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Hue by Bicycle

Brad Kahland,Vietnam, Summer 2007

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We’ve all been happy to settle into the tree-shaded streets of Hue in central Vietnam. A beautiful city centered around the moat-encircled, walled Imperial Palace of the last fuedal dynasty in central Vietnam. Hue is home to bustling streets where the bicycles, motorbikes, and cyclos (pedal cabs) easily outnumber the cars and street speeds are […]

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07/20/07

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Brad Kahland

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Hanoi has been so beautiful thus far!! Day one i could already see why so many of the students had warned me about crossing the streets... they were a challenge. Trying to cross was like motorbike fury but eventually i learned that running is never an option =) Tracy and I were able to really see Hanoi. We traveled to a little inner alley cafe for breakfast and had some killer pho bo and cool lemonade. We then saw many sights and had a walk around a famous lake. We stopped for some dessert where I had an excellent coffee and ice cream dessert. I was also able to visit the Museum of Ethnology. It changed a lot of my misconceptions about vietnam. The Vietnamese people are very tough people and have endured a lot. After seeing sights on how they made an egg last an entire family, a new sense of respect was earned. I don't think I will ever forget what I saw in that museum and how a nation has overcome soooooo many troubles. After seeing a few more sights we eventually went home a little tired and crashed and burned for the night.

Our next day... we were on foot the entire time... except for a bike ride and taxi home =) I was able to see the haymarket and alley ways filled with businesses and shops and busslin people trying to sell merchandise and make a living. It was a crazy sight yet an eye opening one at that. We saw the presidents home... The Yellow house I call it. Also a pagoda temple and the Ho Chi Mihn mausoleum. We also went to the temple of literature. In conclusion to our day we stopped by for some pho (noodles) for breakfast, fried rice for lunch, and rice soup for dinner! yum! Tomorrrow I'm excited to be meeting with the rest of the group, until then chao!

signing out,

Marie Pierre

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The city life… by Marie on 7/9/2007

Marie,Vietnam, Summer 2007

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Hanoi has been so beautiful thus far!! Day one i could already see why so many of the students had warned me about crossing the streets… they were a challenge. Trying to cross was like motorbike fury but eventually i learned that running is never an option =) Tracy and I were able to really […]

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07/9/07

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Marie

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