Category: Vietnam


Every time I turn on the computer I see this unfinished post wanting for me, nagging me like a long over-due library book. Continue reading

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Once upon a time a family of five left their home and set sail for far away lands….After a long journey they arrived in the land of the Dragon people…..

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Laying in the dark bunk as the train rattles through the night I am different. I have left a part of myself behind but I have taken something back with me…. Continue reading

The realization that Arlo had grown during our travels this summer hit me as we made are way through the airport in Malaysia. No longer does he need help carrying his pack through airports, he breezes through security check points, he hops off the night train at 4:30 am without a word, he can hike for 6 hours through the mountains of Sapa, make friends with the Hmong street girls under the late-night full moon. He has jumped 15 feet from a Junk boat in Ha long bay. He can navigate busy subways and even rode the Shrek coaster with his hands up high at Universal Studio Singapore.

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Even tough boys need love…….

The Green Bamboo shelter for street boys is where Silas and I  have been spending our Friday morning’s for the past few months.  Continue reading

My 6 am departure is no competition for Vietnamese early birds. They have been up long before I push the snooze button. When day breaks and streaks of pink and orange color the sky, you can make out little figures emerging from the shadows. The gardeners, ice workers, fisherman, street vendors, school kids and morning walkers. They have already caught their “worm”.  Or maybe,  they’ve  already been “shot” ( I learned this week that there is an execution site nearby, something to consider)… Anyway, for those not getting shot, waking up early is a smart thing to do.The air is cooler, the sun hasn’t come to full height forcing it’s hot rays on us. Continue reading

Before we left town, rumors were uttered across restaurant tables and whispered at back yard BBQ’s.  Continue reading

New school, new friends, new challenges….. Continue reading

The traffic here is insane. Just when you think okay, some sort of pattern has emerged among the 3 million motorbikes, half a million cars, thousand’s of cyclos and bikes the guy in front of you will decide to turn around and drive against the traffic. Continue reading

As I’ve said in an earlier blog Christmas Eve had loomed ahead of us like a big bowl of lima beans…. Continue reading

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