Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Scenes From Around Our Neighbourhood

We are developing a daily routine,which satisfies our commitment to the shop, our curiosity about this beautiful town and countryside and the warm people who are our neighbours.

By 6:30 a.m. we are in the courtyard for a cup of strong black coffee and breakfast. At 7:15 we are on our bikes and through the town to work. On the first day that we cycled to work, every small mongrel dog along our route barked furiously, many people stared but did not wave. Now, only three days later the dogs pay us no mind and everyone shouts "hello" or 'good morning"...they laugh at us when we call back "xin chao".

Late afternoons we explore, again by bicycle, along the roads and mud tracks in our vicinity.
All of these photos are taken within a kilometer or two of "home".

We feel very safe and other than the scary traffic and our graceless bike riding we are feeling quite at home. It is tiring trying to make our needs known, but we are getting better at sign language if not Vietnamese!

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