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We in CaMau

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For three days now the family and I have been in South Vietnam. When I say family, I mean we are related to everyone, apparently. The further we went in our bus caravan (loaded with tapioca bars, vietnamese balogna, unmarked bags, and bagettes) the more cousins, and cousins of cousins we picked up for our trip to our grandmother’s temple.

I took a five hour flight in from Kansai International into Ho Chi Minh city. For a second it felt like maybe I was flying over the Mississippi river with it’s bottomless mud reflections, maybe by some fertile country side, maybe somewhere else, Ireland, not sure, somewhere known for this shade of green, that rice field green. But the sight of rusted aluminum roofs sticking out of those water revealed the now flooded villages.

Leaving the safest city I’ve ever known was a difficult task. Listening to the passengers split into the different lines for immigration, made me mourn losing Japanese. Staring at the officer as he pointed at the blank “Intended Address” box in my form, simply brought on the culture shock that had been building.

But, the sight of cj and Stewart waiting in the mass of Vietnamese outside of the airport, relaxed me. We road a taxi with one of the first of many cousins. Unlike the lines of cars, the sound of the Japanese folk songs at cross walks, traffic in the former-Saigon is an open buffet of cutting, beeping, and swerving. At first I thought, oh at least they drive on the right side of the road, my brothers then detailed a story of driving head on into a cloud of motorbikes and mopeds as they parted around the car and moved past like a school of fish.

Entries will be shotgun style from here on out.

I am writing this on the marble steps of this Wes Anderson dream hotel, where the poverty line is equal to the property line.

“We are going sight seeing” says our Grandmother’s sister’s half-asian daughter.

Here are some pictures so far:

More pictures are posted under “Vietnam” in my web album. Expect more posts soon.


Written by Daniel

October 29, 2008 at 3:29 am

Posted in vietnam

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  1. So excited for all of you. Love you, be safe.


    October 29, 2008 at 5:52 am

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