We haven't had much reliable internet access lately. Everybody has been lagging on the blog updates, tinmai included. This will be a quick wrap-up of the past week.
Today marks the 7th day of the ride. We are just over 500km into our ride (1/4 of the way) and will be arriving in Huế in about 4 days. It'll be the 1/3 mark of the ride and will be our first rest day with pizza and other fast foods available. At this point, everyone is craving something from home. After spending some restless nights in shady, moldy, smelly hotel rooms, a taste of home will be very refreshing. So, here's a quick recap of what we crazy riders have been up to.
Day 0: Visit to Cat Dang Village - where part of your money will be going to repay the library that was built.
|The riders sitting around to meet the commune leaders|
|Phong being a good student|
|The 8th graders waiting to play duck, duck, goose|
|VN steal the flag|
|I wish my students knew all of these|
There were some photos of the kindergarten students in the classrooms. We had some fun looking for the most interesting looking kids.
I don't know if it has to be with being Vietnamese or being children (or both) but their seats were ridiculously tiny. Here are the two tallest riders we have posing with the smallest chairs we'd ever seen.
They absolutely stuffed us with food and rice wine. As much as I tried to turn down their offers, it just wasn't gonna happen.
|Such powerful eyebrows.|
|Getting dey well-deserved snacks|
|The most swagtastic gentleman that day|
|What happens when you let the students run around with your camera.|
|Bé Huyền! If you couldn't tell, my face is saying how adorable she was.|
|Chris and I were the last two to leave the school. We had such a great time|
hanging out and being childish with the kids.
After our visit, we walked back to our bus and stumbled upon a random elementary school where the students were much more active and willing to give it a go with us all. Lots of screaming and cheering and chasing and playing and we sure got to expend enough energy to knock all of us out for the 2.5 hour bus ride back to Hanoi.
|Trying to leave, Phong was accosted by the community leaders and was forced to give a kiss farewell.|
Back at the hotel, the workers/owners had their daughters hanging around and we were playing with them.
|Homegirl was not having it.|
|Of course, she couldn't resist my expert mask-making skills.|
|On our way to our first team dinner. I was stuffed in the back, which explains the face.|
|Cheers to rice wine!|
Oh, did I mention: today is my 1 year anniversary of moving to VN! Time sure has flown by rather quickly. It certainly doesn't feel like it's been a year. More about this later.