Farewell to Vietnam!

Ho Chi Minh would approve!

Former Ambassador to the US and Vice President of VUS, Mr. Ngyuen Tun Chin and host mother singing the last song of the night

Mandy and Corin rocking the keys

Our tour guide Anh (right) for the first leg of the trip

Chuck Searcy, Vietnam veteran living in Vietnam and Carter. We donated $300 towards a water buffalo that would help suuport a farming familiy in need.

Paige tearing up the dance floor

My Nghi, our fearless leader, welcoming everyone to the farewell dinner

Interior of Museum of Military Engineering and Command

Bill and Hilary Clinton helping to normalize relations with Vietnam in 2000

Claymore mines

Our tour guide in the museum

View into the cluster bomb delivery systems

Unexploded ordinance gathered throughout the country (UXO's)

Image from the past displayed in the Museum of Engineering and Military Command

Carter receives gift from Colonel

One of sixteen SOS homes

Lost in thought

Clement steals the crayons

Mandy breaks the ice

Corin with his new friends

Kira helps color

Carly at play

Picture drawn by a child at the SOS Village

Clay tiles on prison roof

View through the prison door

Sculptures of Vietnamese imprisonment by the French at the Hoa Lo Prison. Later it would be nicknamed "Hanoi Hilton" by American POWs, the most famous of which was John McCain.

Altar at Temple of Literature

Roof of Mausoleum

Group Photo in front of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Our host family who fed us like we've never been fed before...

Cute pups everywhere in Mai Chau

Cultural Center: "before" picture

Mostly done! This is our "after" picture.

Lots of villagers attended Friday's cultural performance

Ethnic group dancers

We were the guests of honor. Of course, the obligatory cup of green tea before the performance!

Bamboo stick dance

Tambiet (good-bye), Mai Chau

On way to power plant - brick-making "oven"

View of Hydroelectric Plant area from Ho Chi Minh statue; this plant produces 14% of Vietnam's total electricity

My friend, Ho Chi Minh (2nd largest statue in Vietnam)

At Ho Chi Minh statue

House on stilts like ours in Mai Chau (Jackfruit tree in foreground)

Clement deep in "journal" thought

Backyard view of our host home

Grand-daughter of our host family

Simple beauty

Orphanage sheets

Tall One on ladder

Love that paint job

Paint line

Carly = Spot Remover


Making little friends

Mr. Dom, Long and Vinh

We need to brush up on our Vietnamese....


Taking a break

Do you have your license, young man?

Three lucky babies

Watch out!!

Paige - sweaty but stylish

Melissa and Carly painting at the orphanage

Tough guy

Vietnamese ethnic house replica

Ethnic minority house

Pho (national soup!) comes in 3 popular kinds: Ca (fish), Bo (beef) and Ga (chicken). Yum yum...

Keep out dust, dirt, debris from road (this is bridge toll collector)

Houses are built UP since owners pay for square footage of first floor.

Can't get enough sushi

Oohhh, now tuna sushi is my favorite, favorite food!!!!

The wall of our private room in the restaurant

Funeral march (on the way to Ninh Binh)

Glamour girls

Sea of sampans

Paige and Allie with their driver

Natural beauty

Watch your head!

Carly and Melissa upstream

Limestone rock formations at Ninh Binh

Rice plants removed, ready to spread and dry

Spreading rice plants out to dry

Rice chaff drying in driveway

Silly Hoa with Silly Carter's glasses

Clement and Corin's brothers rolling paint

Teresa (adult leader) doing her part

Melissa carefully (?) at work!

Pho Bo (Beef Noodle soup) in the street

Examining donations at St. Paul's Hospital

Artists Mandy and Clement at work

Jaye's new soccer player friend

Weeding intensely

Motorbikes reign

Embroidery class

Clean-up Guy, Corin.

Side by side

The class leader

Jaye and Melissa helping out

Camera crews follow us everywhere

Mr. Nguyen is Executive Vice Chairman of the Vietnam - USA Society

At Ryan's family restaurant - could we fit any more food on this table or in our bellies?!

Ashlee (Ryan's cousin) and Mr. Huang

At Military Museum: Ho Chi Minh in background

War Trophies

War Trophies
Collected "art" from past wars in Vietnamese soil

Mr. Chuck Searcy spoke about how these cluster bombs still maim and kill civilians

Meet the Parents!! Go Corin! Go Clement!

Dad and Grandpa

Dad and Grandpa
Mandy and Jaye (Mrs. Mom was at home)

Allie and Melissa accepting roses

The Triplets: Kira, Paige and Carly have a brother!

The Home Stay Club - no kidding - this is their title!

Mandy and Mr. Nghi

Mandy and Mr. Nghi

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday, June 12

This is Paige writing.

I was kind of sad to find out that we wouldn't be spending the day and night at Ha Long Bay. I really needed that dip in the water. Going to Ninh Binh was fine and on the way, we stopped at a traditional looking restaurant. We were served French fries, goat kabobs, pork rolls, rice, really yummy pork in an amazing sauce. I thought the pork in sauce was goat, so I ate multiple servings just for the experience. Oh well. On our way out of the restaurant, we stopped at the gift shop. I bought a plate, a wine stand, and a Vietnamese doll, kind of like a Barbie doll. The ladies gave me pretty good prices for the items but as I was paying they would throw in a $2 tip for themselves or ask me for my American change. I gave in just to make them happy.
Our boat experience in Ninh Binh was a little different than Jaye's. Allie and I were paired in a boat with two women. I was apprehensive about getting in the boat because we weren't exactly sitting in the boat. We actually sat on mud planks that stretched from both sides of the boat. A photographer continuously snapped pictures of us. He told us multiple times to do the same pose (the peace sign) and to even stand up. The women rowing our boat were very friendly and we made such a bond that they asked Allie and I to buy them snacks. We came back to the hotel and we were free to explore. Allie, Carly, Melissa and I ended up at the Puku restaurant for dinner and the food was pretty good. We explored a little bit until check in.
This morning we were picked up by Mr. Dom and Anh and went to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, but because of the strikes and the mountains of people, we weren't able to get in line. We'll go next Sunday when things will be calmer. Instead of the mausoleum, we went to the Pottery Village. I bought some very nice tea sets and random things for decent prices so Cheri stands corrected when she says we really should haggle. ( :-) ) After the Village, we stopped for lunch and a super buffet and then visited the Museum of Ethnology of Vietnam. We learned about different ethnic groups in Vietnam. It was really hot in the museum but we got to spend some time outside, too, where there were many exhibits of houses and other structures.

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