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Trip Start Oct 15, 2009
Trip End Dec 15, 2013

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

I have been here one week already!  Tomorrow I leave for Hanoi. Today I finished many things. The XO laptops I am bringing to the children in the village in Halong Bay are fully charged and packed, along with the accessories I think we will need, and a few gifts that I hope will be appropriate for the adults I will work with there.

Shopping was really fun. So many people everywhere, I had forgotten that. I am bringing the teachers and district headmistress colorful Thai Bags that the XOs will fit in for their teacher training days. After, they can use them for books or other things.

This afternoon I stopped in a salon to have my hair washed. It is hard to do in the apartment shower. The attendant massaged my head for more than 1/2 hour and then put a warm aromatic cloth on my forehead. Oh I am getting spoiled. Eat your heart out, Ellen. You really should get on a plane and join us for the wedding!

I had a delicious avocado salad and tofu croquette plate at Fuji for dinner. They even had a special vegetarian festival menu. I have been more adventurous than usual with my eating, since there have been so many wonderful things to choose this week, all marked with bright yellow flags that say "Je" (vegetarian).

I have to tell you that I am speaking Thai easily, and unless I am really tired, finally, most Thai people can understand me. I still have to ask them to "Chooay Hai Noy, Pud Chah Chah Ka, Please help me and speak slowly." My consistent study with my excellent teacher in Hanover, Khun Noi, is finally paying off. I am both surprised and pleased.

I will be in Vietnam until November 7. I hope that learning a few necessary words of that language will not confuse me completely.  If time and Internet connections coincide,  I will write in the VVV blog so that my OLPC friends can share my project experiences too. After I return to Bangkok, I will use this blog again. Wish me luck and success!
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