The Kids and New Snacks

Trip Start Aug 04, 2009
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Flag of Vietnam  , Ha Nội,
Saturday, January 16, 2010

As promised, this week I took some photos of my students hard at it on work I'd assigned them or on weekly keyboarding practice . Since I'm usually too busy teaching to take photo's I took photo's of kids that are working independently on previously assigned tasks or when they are practicing keyboarding for the first 10 minutes of class. The remainder of the period is frequently used for me teaching new concepts followed by practice of new concepts or as in the photos of the kids working in groups on a group previously assigned project. I finally worked out the issues I was having with the sound and the headphones so the kids came back to the joy of sound - now all the primary kids can hear the animation on the keyboarding programs and when we do our next storybook project it will seem like a new program when they start creating in Koobits.
There is also a group photo of my journalists posing after having finished the latest edition of our student written school newspaper the Van Phuc Village Press. If you'd like me to send you a copy of our latest paper, let me know and I'll email you one.   
Then last night one of my Vietnamese friends came over and brought some tasty treats for nibbling on. Since nearly every thing that seems to be the same as whats in the states turns out to be different. I was fairly certain I was looking at oranges and potatoes. People hear cook sweet potatoes then peel and eat them like fruit. Well the orange was actually an orange but much better tasting without the steroids the US pumps it into their oranges. The color was brighter and the juice sweeter. The skin was thicker and the white area between the skin and fruit is eaten and its also sweet. The white potato looking snack is called a Cu Dau and when i said it looked like a potato I was swiftly corrected so its not a potato despite it looking like one. The taste is not like a potato, in fact I have discovered so many new flavors here that I no longer have a basis to compare in many foods I've had and this is no exception. It is quite plain tasting but juicy and mildly sweet.  
I'm heading out here soon for practice ride #3 and i'm wanting to try the real road but I'll start at Ciputra and maybe ride some around the area outside this gated community. I'll take my camera so you can see how surreal this area is being planted in the center of Hanoi, I'm also planning on doing some visiting of local temples, pagodas and hopefully a street with many plants in my search to find the elusive (elusive to me that is)plant that resembles bamboo but called Phat Loc. I need some greenery to warm up these hard walls and cold furniture.
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kwai_chang on

Phat Loc? Yeah, well I could use some greenery to warm up this hard, cold season. Finding anything that resembles bamboo, or even green, here is called Phat Chance.

tbray on

Great computer lab. You should share this with the Florida school system! They have labs set up, but no teacher. It gets used for testing reading, writing portfolios and probably play time. I would love to see the students paper too.
Your orange looks like a FRESH FLORIDA orange.

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