|Street Markets of Hanoi|
|limestone formations in background of rice fields....ooooo aaaaaaahhh|
Ninh Binh, the town itself was very, very small and in the middle of nowhere. You could tell there was not much money circulating through this region.
|boonies of vietnam|
And then all of the sudden WHAAMIE we are in this extremely luxurious resort. I think VN is hoping tourism is going to save VN. Although everything was lovely, I couldn't help think that we were living in excessiveness, especially compared to everything right outside of the resort. I mean, they even chaeffered us in a golf cart from our rooms to breakfast...
But I can't complain that much when this is where we were staying:
|where the bubble bath was to be taken later...|
|porch with cool viney things hanging down|
|enjoying paradise as well|
After "having a rest", as the Vietnamese like to call it (I don't know if the Vietnamese think us Americans always look exhausted, but I have been asked by countless people here if it is "time for my rest now?" "you go back and take nap now?" "now is a time you can has a rest..."). But we headed off to tour this nifty old temple where a king of Vietnam lived over 1000 years ago. Let me just put this out there though...sightseeing in Vietnam is not like sightseeing pretty much anywhere in the world...IT IS FLIPPING HOT AND HUMID and you want to die. So even though you are in this really awesome place, you struggle A LOT to pay attention. But here are some pics:
|walking into temple--that man is our tour guide--he was very nice and adorable|
|temple...everyone here in VN is superstitious and burn incense to their ancestors and they used to have high walls into the doorway so monsters and bad spirits don't come in -- eek!|
|pomegranate tree--give me|
|inside the temple -- once again many offerings to ancestors --including some juice cans, a few dong, and maybe some cookies?|
|the boats we rode in -- a little nice lady paddled us|
|is this earth?|
|me doing a horrible job at trying to look native and normal|
|the 3 most awesomest (and only) fulbright students|
|into the caves we go!|
|made it out alive!|
|seriously incredible and unreal|
|little mountain goal way up yonder|
And here is a little video to sum everything up (I have a million more pictures from this but you have to cut yourself off at some point):
There is still another day and a half of orientation but I think I will stop here and let you take this all in.