Marina and Nancie Finally Meet!

Trip Start Oct 14, 2009
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Marina and I met in Boston today to share experiences. Marina brought me a gift sent from Nguyet in Hanoi. It is a precious "crepe paper" hand made Vietnamese doll and I can hardly believe that Marina got it home uncrushed! I will treasure it. Thank you Nguyet, and thank you to your friend who made it too!

We met at Faneuil Hall at the statute of Samuel Adams. Just opposite the steps to the Government Center T stop, that made an easy meeting point. It is a beautiful spring day and we first walked to the North End for Italian coffee. We reminisced about the delicious coffee in Vietnam. I have some "Weasel Coffee" from Hanoi at home. My family won't drink it because they can't get past the idea that the taste is so fine because the coffee beans have been predigested and regurgitated by Vietnamese weasels. That's true, really.

We walked from the North End to the Boston Common and through the Boston Public Garden. There are cherry trees and crab-apples are in bloom and the tulips are so beautiful that they appear artificial. We ate lunch at Tealuxe, outside, on Newbury Street. What a lovely day!

Hearing about Marina's life in Vietnam for the 3 months she volunteered in HCMC was wonderful. She brought back greetings from my friends and lots of memories too. We talked about the strengths and challenges in our separate projects.

We both agree that the children that now have XOs in Vietnam would benefit the most if we can find and arrange volunteer teachers who can be on site for several weeks at a time to provide meaningful instruction on the XO. Where can we find these volunteers? Especially, volunteers that speak Vietnamese? Now that's a challenge!

It was very useful to speak about continuing support for the 2 laptop projects we left in Vietnam. I was very happy to meet Marina and we will continue our discussions.

Later, I met Adam H. at a funky pedal-biker (as opposed to motorcycles) place "The Other Side" located down at the Mass Pike end of Newbury Street. As we enjoyed the weather, Adam told me that it is rumored that the building housing "The Other Side" is rumored to become a fancy high rise condominium soon.  I hope that if this happens they can relocate this tasty fun place. It is always a treat to be able to catch up on OLPC news face to face and today was no exception.  

I had just enough time left to meet my son and his girlfriend for dinner and
now I'm on the bus! My XO battery is still going strong and the wireless
on the Dartmouth Coach to Hanover is working. What more can I ask for!

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