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Sunday, 14 December 2008



Hey Kirk!
I wonder the same thing every time our family goes back to Vietnam. We don't go too often - once every few years or so. But with each visit we can't help but spot a very distinct loss in tradition and culture in everything from the food to the people -_-


not sure if others were respecting the culture, but it seems like you did your part to respect it.

Passionate Eater

What a contemplative, and moving spiritual experience. Thank you for sharing Kirk.

And thanks for your forgiveness about my multiple comments! I am like those invasive tourists on the sign--but to the Mmm-Yoso!! site! You need to make a banner saying, "Please don't post multiple comments like Passionate Eater, respect Mmm-Yoso!!!"

Also, "same-same" seemed "great-great!"


Hi Kathy - The Missus and I wonder if we return in 5 years or so, what kind of changes we'll see.

Hi Kat - Thanks..... we tried, but am not sure we got it right.

Hi PE - Thanks so much for lavishing all the attention on us! I think Typepad, which recently went through a big upgrade, is encountering some problems. So thanks for hanging in there, and not getting frustrated!

ed (from Yuma)

Another great post. Just enough food.


Great post, Kirk. I know exactly what you mean about trying not to interfere with something you are experiencing while traveling. I've passed on a lot of "photo-ops" because it would have felt intrusive.


it seems that the pace is escalating. that coffee sounds like a fantastic way to start the day.


Hi Ed - Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

Hi Mike - Yes, sometimes it just isn't the right thing to do.

Hi FH - Wow, I didn't even notice that.....I think you're right.

Wandering Chopsticks

I've really enjoyed your Lao series and was anticipating this post. I think you and the missus did a good job of respecting this ritual. You kept your distance and weren't snapping photos of you giving alms just for the scrapbook. The International Herald Tribune did a story on this recently - the loss of culture but also the need for tourist dollars. It reminded me of when I was in Sa Pa and saw similar types of interplay.

And better than VNese coffee? Whoa!


Hi WC - We tried our best....the mixed blessing of outside $$$ vs. losing part of your cultural identity is worrisime. And yes, that coffee was awesome.

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