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  •  Hi Again TST (1+ / 0-)
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    truong son traveler

    Sorry I'm late, the son of my old friend was married over the weekend and I had to officiate - you know Chinese Weddings are so troublesome!

    Your story was great as usual, but I'm wondering, have you kept contact with Phu since you left the USA? What & how is he doing?

    Your story & map brought back memories of my first trip to VN. When I take a bus from Hanoi to Hue, and while visiting the area I happened upon a Buddhist Funeral procession on a road between rice paddies, they were headed for the coast area. It was late afternoon and I stopped to pay respects as they passed,then realized it was so beautifl there I just stood to watch them until they faded from view.

    Another is, I didn't know Vo Nguyen Giap was from Hue City. I always assumed he was from Hanoi but it makes sense because he's such a straight-forward & plain spoken person, it makes sense he's from the provincial area.

    I'm evry surprisd you live in Thailand but haven't been tovVN for 5 years. Why not? It's so close. Saigon and Hanoi are changing so fast, you better go back soon and catch-up.

    Wishing you well, and waiting for Part 5.

    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results" - Albert Einstein

    by koNko on Mon Oct 22, 2007 at 08:24:39 AM PDT

    •  koNko, thanks again for reading (0+ / 0-)

      Unfortunately, no I've not kept in contact with Phu. We did exchange a few letters but I've lost track of him. I think he has moved from Roanoke. I had heard from someone else that members of his family were involved in a fatal auto accident. Several family members had been working at a Holiday Inn Motel in the Roanoke area at low paying jobs but with all of them working together and pooling their money they were getting along and adjusting okay.

      General Giap is not from Hue but he attended school there. I believe, but can't say with 100% certainty, that he is from Quang Binh Province, two provinces north of Thua Thien (Hue).

      Yes, five years is a long time and time passes so quickly. It's not because I haven't wanted to go back but circumstances and family obligations here make it very difficult to get away. I have friends passing through here frequently and they keep me updated on many of the changes, especially around the Da Nang and Hue areas.

      Part 5 should be ready next week.

      Your comments are appreciated. Thanks again koNko.

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      by truong son traveler on Tue Oct 23, 2007 at 05:33:21 AM PDT

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