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Sunday lunch with Lan's family  
   

Sunday lunch with Lan's family

Lan invited us to lunch at her brother's house on Sunday afternoon. Her and her sister-in-law prepared a feast and invited cousins and friends to join in. Our hosts were amazingly generous - Lan's brother insisted on opening (and drinking) several bottles of rice wine and whiskey. There were endless drunken toasts (primarily among the men) to friendship between Vietnam and America. Its was quite the experience!
Post #14: Xin Chao Vietnam - We love you!

February 7th 2010
With tears in our eyes and heaviness in our hearts, Joe and I said our last xin chao on January 28th as we left Hanoi on a 20-hour sleeping bus headed for Vientiane - the capital of Laos. We were both very surprised by how difficult it was to say goodbye to Vietnam when just eight short months ago, we were terrified to enter the country! Each teary goodbye we said made us realize just how much ... read more
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Vietnamese Flag The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Independence was declared after World War II, but the French continued to rule until 1954 when they were defeated by Communist forc... ... read more
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