Some days are tough!
Trip Start Oct 14, 2009
48Trip End Dec 31, 2012
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I spent a few hours backing up photos to a DVD, making prints, and buying some frames to give with the photos as gifts. I chose a simple wooden frame about the size of our 5x7 frames. It cost 17,000 VN Dong. 18,000 Dong is about $1.00 US. How can they make them that cheap and pay pay for materials and labor? I bought several. The photos from the Ceremony Day are great.
I will mention for fellow travelers, how important it is to back up your photos regularly during your trip. Cameras can be stolen. In 2007, my friend, Frank inadvertently left his camera in a taxi in Vietnam and all of his elephant camp photos were lost! I back up to DVDs. Then I can use the DVD in a net cafe to upload photos to the blog and not risk losing the camera card.
Tuyen called and told me that the teachers were not coming to do the teacher training on the mainland. (We were running into some politics and, I had wanted to do the teacher training before bringing the laptops to VVV but the ceremony had been planned and I needed to give in on that point.) Ouch! I said, "ok, then when can I go back to the village to teach the teachers how to use the XO." I am not leaving the XOs out there until the teachers know how to start and stop activities and to shut down the laptops properly.
It was very hot and when I returned to the new hotel at about 5:00PM, I decided that the Hong Gai City Bay Hotel was not a good fit for me. I just did not feel safe or comfortable there. Tuyen felt worse when he realized I would pay for the night even if I left, and pay for the Halong Pearl where I would return also. I explained that I planned on the expenses of my lodging and transportation, no problem. I was happy to get back to the Halong Pearl, where the staff speaks a little English, and are very warm and welcoming, and where I could take a shower and have free wireless internet (when working) and a good breakfast, all for $40. The Pearl was so accommodating, and they had given me a really good rate. I was pleased to see that I can make good decisions when need be, and I felt ready for the next day with whatever challenges I might face, to move the project forward.