Top 6 Political Musings After a Month in Vietnam

We lament losing a war, we lament joining a war which wasn’t our own, we postulate about how things could have gone differently and in general it is the big pit of humillty in the middle of our usual American bravado…. It isn’t exactly the same as the democratic (and corrupt) government we were trying to sustain, but for the average Vietnamese it does create economic opportunity and protects most of the freedoms we hold dear. (Like most countries they have work to do and abuses to stop but they are headed the right direction) I have not found a good Ho Chi Min biography here to read, but from what I can gather, this new Vietnam would please him and perhaps bring him to tears of joy…. For him fighitng the French and the Americans was just the continuation of a struggle that had gone on for 2 millenia the French and the Americans had just taken the place of the Chinese and the Khmer’s or Chams.

Top 6 Things to Eat in Vietnam

The biggest surprise about the food in Vietnam was how fresh it was. The country is small and everything, produce and meat alike, is rushed daily from the countryside to the ciites. Everything is cooked outside in neighborhood street kitchens so the sights and smells are tantalizing. Tom and the boys loved learning about the…

Top 6 Things We Learned in Vietnam

Vietnam can be a confusing place for those accustomed to truth. It’s not so much that the Vietnamese are dishonest, rather they are eager to please and as such will tell you anything they think you want to hear. Here’s an example: “Does the train go to Mui Ne?” “Yes, sir. It drops you off…

Mutiny on the Mekong

We haven’t posted for many days because we’ve been cruising the Mekong River and racing through Cambodia to get to Siem Reap in time to meet up with our guide from 2003. We’ve had many adventures along the way, most of them stemming from our 3-day tour of the Mekong Delta, Tom suggested I write…

Typhoon Dodging in Saigon

Defying the meterologists’ predictions, Typhoon Durian passed south of Saigon early this week and we saw nothing but a few clouds from our 11th floor hotel window. Typhoon Utor hit the battered Philippines today and hopefully will follow Durian’s example by steering clear of us in the upcoming days. The weather has been our friend…