To the Editor:
Today we went to a place that does ancient Vietnamese artwork on rice paper and a ceramic pottery store. Of course, I just "had" to buy some things, even though my suitcases are bulging already (once I unload the school supplies I'll have more room).
The drive was most interesting. Bicycles, motorbikes, pedestrians, cars and trucks all share a very narrow road and horn blowing is essential to avoid collisions. Even though the traffic is horrendous, no one gets upset or impatient.
This morning one of the workers at the hotel greeted me and talked about my visit two years ago. I had taken a picture of him and mailed it to him, which he thanked me for and had to tell me all about his son.
After we walked around Han Kiem Lake and watched many people doing Tai Chai, we had a wonderful breakfast of french bread and dragon fruit. This afternoon we visited the Women's Museum and got to see Jane Fonda and Angela Davis' pictures on the wall, among other interesting things. Last night we saw the water puppet show an ancient musical performance with wooden figures set in a rice paddy.
Tomorrow (Aug. 2) we head for Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) in south Vietnam. The school staff will pick us up and give us a tour of the school and hospital before we start teaching on Monday.
Thank you so much for your e-mail replies. Hope you all are doing well. Take care.