Crazy last couple of days! Internet at the hotel was down, but its up again and I posted some pictures from the last 2 days, including our elephant rides from yesterday around the Bayon complex in Angkor Wat. I will try to post some more tonight. It was HOT yesterday and we were temple tromping for most of it, but we finished off the day with a traditional Cambodian foot massage and some time in the pool. We got a great sunrise over Angkor Wat, one of the treasures experience of people all over the world, and walked around the Bayon, Terrace of the Lepper King, the Elephant Terrace, and we climbed to top of Angkor Wat itself! I didn't get a chance to sort and post temple pictures yet, but will get some more up as soon as possible.
OK, I might be a little caught up here. I posted some pictures from Day 2 in Hoi An that I finally sorted through. Also, pictures from yesterday are up, including 2 birthdays, a bus dance party, and shots from the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. We visited the Temple of Literature yesterday and spend several hours walking around the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Its been a happy and healthy trip so far and this group has a ton of positive energy--very, very fun. We are off to Cambodia this afternoon after a visit to the Ha Lao Prison (aka "Hanoi Hilton") and some more time exploring the Old Quarter. I wish we could stay longer--Hanoi is a wonderful city--but having 2 full days of
Busy, Busy, Busy yesterday--flight to DaNang, orphanage visit, and tours and shopping in Hoi An! I posted some of the orphanage pictures and will try to get some more up tonight when we have time--lots to see and do!
Pictures up from day 1! Started off with a cyclo ride around the city--there is no possible better introduction to the crazy pace of city life in modern Asia. Afterwards we went to the War Remnants Museum (I spent most of the time discussing the exhibits with the kids and didn't get any pictures for posting, but I will rally some up from others in the next day or so). We also went to the post office building, which is a fabulous example of French Colonial Architecture, had an outstanding traditional Vietnamese meal, and for the grand finale the kids gave the fine art of haggling Asian style a try at the cities largest market. It was close to 100 degrees today, we took a brake in the afternoon to hit the pool at the hotel, and then a coalition of the hard core shoppers headed out to the night market with me and Mrs. Hill, where even better bargains were to be had. We are off to Da Nang at 6:30am tomorrow and the highlight of the trip--the Orphanage. Look for more pictures sometime
We have arrived safely in Ho Chi Minh City. Great flight over, we squeeked in our transfer in Soul despite a delay from Sea Tac (the pilot made up some time on the throttle apparently), and we met by our great guides at the airport for a quick tranfer to the Hotel. It was good to see Quoc and Yung again--many guides will send just bus drivers to execute a transfer from the airport the hotel, but not these guys! On the ride in we learned a little Vietnamese. It's 3am in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and the kids are asleep and the adults will be shortly, then we are up for breakfast and on a Cyclo ride around Saigon--this will be students first daylight views of the city and they will be from traffic level. Expect some good pictures tomorrow with wide eyes students! We will also visit the War Remnants Museum and the Post Office (an amazing French Colonial building in the city center), and then break the students on on shopping (and haggling), Vietnamese style at