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Vietnam, part 2
These three pages are about a tourist trip I made around
with my mother and two friends in December 1998 and January
while I was already living there.
don't have a lot of pictures of Saigon : we find there's not much to see there...
you can still see me in great discussion with Cuong, whom I was quite surprised
and disappointed to find here again...a few months after I paid his train ticket
to go back to his family in the North.
Saigon is interesting
though, especially for a few monuments, for the atmosphere and for shopping...
Let's move on...
Can Tho, my country, is waiting for
us. Mom and her friends want to see where I
live and work. The speedboat being back in service,
we get to Can Tho in 4 hours.
The next day, boat trip on the arroyos
of course, with the traditional stop in the fruit
garden around a good table.
Going around in the rice fields, after
And in Can Tho's market after going
back to town.
street children shelter
Interests the Daltons a lot, but
that's not surprising : it's a wonderful place. Yen (right on the picture)
takes daily care of about 92 kids, of which about 50 stay there permanently.
Among them, about 20 orphans.
A roof (and a bed !), meals,
education (basic and professional), counseling : Yen and her staff are there !
We (the Daltons) set up a budget, out of
which I regularly take the money Yen asks for (mostly for medications).
For the great pleasure of the teachers (two with
us on the picture), the principal, but mostly of the kids !
were a lot shyer than usual though, having 4 French-speaking guests in the classrooms
being quite rare !
The Daltons split up again, Averell staying
in Can Tho (all holidays come to an end...). After
the others left in a minibus to Saigon, I went back to work...
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