Some more stuff

I took advantage of being a “rich” American in Vietnam and did some things that would be too fancy for me in the states. Examples include:

Going to the Hanoi Opera:

$17 USD for first class opera seats

$17 USD for first class opera seats

Taking a cruise in the magnificent Halong Bay (albeit on the cheapo backpacker version of a cruise ship):

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caves of Halong Bay

caves of Halong Bay

and on the less fancy side, I spent a night in the home of a Muc, a rice farmer of the ethnic minority Dzay:

The altar at Muc's home

The altar at Muc's home

Ethnic Dzay people dress

Ethnic Dzay people dress

I’ve really enjoyed the electic experiences I’ve had in Vietnam, though now I’m feeling a bit exhausted and insane in the membrane. Vietnam is tough, and the attitude is far less relaxed than in other parts of Southeast Asia. Though communist propoganda and the sicle and hammer sign run rampant here (it was even inscribed in the bottom of my hotel pool in Hoi An), I’ve never met such determined capitalists- every woman and man finding a way to make an extra dong…sometimes offering really strange services.

The Vietnamese flag flies high over the citadel in Hue

The Vietnamese flag flies high over the citadel in Hue

I just wrote a bunch of stuff and then deleted it because it was total brain diarrhea. I need sleep.

Anyway,  I’m hoping to spend next week meditating and yoga-ing in Luang Prabang. I wonder if I’ll be able to sit still again.

Ciao for now until Lao!

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~ by ceciliabien on June 2, 2009.

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