Archive for January, 2014

Our Home Stay

Friday, January 31st, 2014

As soon as I saw a home stay on the itinerary, I was a little unsure about the whole thing and it lived up to my worst expectations. All I can say, is I lived through it. Best described in pictures. The first few are of the trip out, the baby riding between his parents standing up , we saw so many like this, so scary. The next is a boat where a family with 3 small children lived. Next are the rice paddies ready to be planted, and then a cute little lady out gardening we met while out walking. Next are our accomadations complete with mosquito nets, and then the Walton’s and our “room”. The outdoor bathrooms, sinks and toliets, breakfast, EB and I in the courtyard and the grand finale, Tim on his new bike. imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage

Good Morning Vietnam

Thursday, January 30th, 2014


Hanoi is an absolutely crazy city. There are 7 million people and 4 million bikes and they are all on the road at the same time. There are very few traffic lights and people drive on either side of the road, It is complete chaos, but with a lot of honking, somehow it works. That is also how they go through intersections. The pedestrian has no right of way and so you just have to work your way through wall to wall moving bikes and cars. It was terrifying at first but by the end of the day we were pros, in fact Tim and John crossed one of the busiest streets with their video cameras just for fun. The people carry everything and anything on their bikes. Vietnam follows the Lunar calendar so it is New Years this week. They have a custom of buying either a small orange tree or a pink blossomed one which they just carry on the back of their bikes. image This was one of the craziest things we say carried.image
Our tour guide took us to see the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum. I had no idea what we were getting into. We are paraded into the building, told to unfold our arms, no cameras, no sun glasses and then we file past Ho Chi Minh, yup thats right they have him preserved in a big glass casket for viewing. Not a pretty site. He is idolized here, we are hearing a totally different perspective here about him. So far,crazy couple of days, but fun. Here are few more shots of the streetimageimage

More pictures

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

I am having a few technical difficulties trying to do this on my iPad. I wanted to put some extra pictures on the end of the last post, put it wouldn’t let me, so here they are. The first cost me a dollar, so enjoy. I took the picture, and then he said to pay. There are these little hair cutting stands all along the streets, I guess I should have chosen a different one. The next pictures are at the University of Literature where Confusionism would have been studied. imageimageimageimage