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Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat December 28th 2005

Yo yo yo! So a couple of weeks ago I went on a trip to Dalat, which is 8 hours on the coach but a 40 minute flight (we flew!) and it is in the Central Highlands so Moira and I were quite excited about the prospect of wearing sweatshirts!!! We had been warned that the weather would be cold and quite possibly raining so a beal from the sweat patches of Ho Chi Minh sounded ike paradise! We flew out on the early Monday morning and we got to our hotel where we dropped off our rucksacks and headed back out for breakfast. We were actually surprised at how cold we were! The wind was quite strong and it was constantly drizzling. My jeans were soaking and I had about 4 layers on yet I ... read more
Dalat town centre
Shopping for bizarre clothes

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat October 10th 2005

Dalat After a long bus trip (as per usual) I arrived in the Dalat in the late afternoon and as soon as I had stepped into the hotel that I was going to stay at the heavens opened and we got a dose of real tropical down pours. As I was a bit late in getting going in the morning all the motorcycle drivers that I had been hoping to catch a lift with that day had already got their customers for the day so I decided to go and hire a bike and do my own tour. Now having studied technical drawing at university and dabling in orienteering during my school days I thought I was pretty good at reading maps. After riding around dalat for half an hour trying to find the first site ... read more
Dalat-Cycle trip
Dalat-Cycle trip
Mui Ne-The Sand Dunes

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat July 4th 2005

Dalat made me sick. Literally. Touted as the city that has one of the best water sanitation systems, I thought this would be the safest place for me to ingest the local water supply via icy drinks and teeth brushing. My bowels disagreed. Don't leave home without a travelsize pack of Pepto Bismol! A lifesaver. Aside from that transgression, Da Lat had to be my favorite city in Vietnam. In some places, I've heard people describe it as a haven for Vietnam's bohemians and intellectuals. I don't know about a bohemian atmosphere but Da Lat lived up to its cool, lush green, breathtaking paranomic views. Imagine the physicality of Vancouver/Portland/San Francisco all bundled into one Vietnamese roll. Upside: Less beggars. The city is walkable within its central district for shopping, people watching, and good ol' exercise. ... read more
Temple II
Temple III
Temple IV

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat June 8th 2005

Of the 14 computers in this little café 13 are occupied by Vietnamese under the age of 16-18. As far as I can tell they are all on Yahoo IM flirting with each other, most in the same room. The guy next to me is lovelybabymuonyeu_139565 and he is making a girl behind me giggle. He types, 2 seconds later she giggles. Smoove. I guess that makes me an IM voyeur. Ahh, Hoi An, beautiful UNESCO Heritage Site untouched by war, old French style architecture, tiny passage ways, gorgeous trees, but for the motorbike sneaking up on you and then blasting the horn in your ear you would be in wandering bliss. And the girls here, I couldn’t figure out why so few Western girls were in Vietnam, they are here. Hoi An is the Rodeo ... read more
Floating Market on the Mekong
Sunrise over Mui Ne Dunes
Sorting through the catch

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat May 19th 2005

Last night we decided to spend lots of money and go to a fancy restaurant, just because it sounded like fun. The place was called Cafe de la Poste, and was quite pretty looking. They had a set menu, where you could choose from 3 appetizers, 3 main courses, and 3 deserts. I had Prawns and Leek in Lobster sauce, Stewed Duck, and Strawberries and Cream. Quite good. However we had to take a taxi to the restaurant and when we told the receptionist at our Guest House where we were going she turned her nose up at us and made us pay her to call a taxi. It all turned out alright though, and we had our tour of the city to look forward to the next day. We had to be up at 9:00 ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat May 18th 2005

Right now we're in the mountain city of Da Lat. It took us about 8 hours to get here by bus, even though all information, including the schedule we were given, said it was only a 6 hour journey. I think it had something to do with our bus driver, for some reason he would drive excruciatingly slow during parts of the drive, he was an odd one. Oh well. When we arrived in Da Lat the bus dropped us off in front of a Guest House owned by the company we bought our bus tickets from. This wouldn't have been so bad except for the fact that the place was about 2km away from the city center, where everything is. Now 2km still isn't really that much of a walk, except that I tripped off ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat September 30th 1973

In September 1973, my boss asked me to go to Saigon for six weeks to replace the Design Division Director who was going on home leave. I wanted Linda to go along, at my expense. Initially he was reluctant to agree as security in Saigon was still questionable despite the peace treaty. When I told him that we would be staying with friends at the mission guest home, he agreed. On September 30, 1973 Linda and I flew to Saigon. We stayed at the mission guest home which was across the street from national police headquarters. The ends of the street were barricaded, so we felt relatively safe. I worked Monday through Friday, and Saturday mornings, so had Saturday afternoon and Sundays free. During my free time we hung around with my Air America friend Ed, ... read more
Traffic in Saigon
Cyclos and Lambrettas a large part of the traffic
Bob on the roof of the Alliance Guest Home

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat August 22nd 1959

Dalat School was beginning a major transformation. A new boys’ dorm was constructed to the left of the old boys’ dorm which was now the administrative building with an expanded dining hall. The lower piece of property to the left of the girls’ dorm was bulldozed for a track and playing fields. U.S. Army advisors were assigned to teach at the Vietnamese Military Academy, and they brought their families with them. U.S. Army dependants from Saigon also came to Dalat School for their education. We had children whose parents were with foreign embassies and foreign aid organizations; including a boy from Egypt. So the student population was becoming quite cosmopolitan. My dorm parents for this five year period were Uncle John and Aunt Esther. Until about 1960, driving from Saigon to Dalat was safe, but after ... read more
Bob in fourth grade class with Miss Kelck as teacher
Thailand kids at Dalat
Student body

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat August 4th 1956

I was six, almost seven, so it was time for me to start school. Missionaries in Southeast Asia sent their children to boarding school at Dalat, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Vietnam was part of French Indochina until 1954 when it was divided into North and South Vietnam, with Ho Chi Minh and his communists in charge of the government in the north, and Ngo Dinh Diem as the president of the supposedly democratic South Vietnam, but he was really a dictator. Many Catholics moved to the South to avoid persecution by an atheist government. In 1956, when I first started at Dalat School, the communist Viet Cong had not yet organized their terrorism campaign to overthrow the south so traveling to Dalat was pretty safe. My parents and I took the train to Bangkok, ... read more
Auditorium with girls dorm behind
Dalat School student body when Bob was in first grade
Dalat School student body

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