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Boats, rain and trekking

My view of the back of the bus drivers head did finally end. I will admit that my view turned into a view of my eyelids during a short nap.

After arriving at LaVie Vu Linh Ecolodge we had a wonderful lunch followed by a drizzling trek through the area.

LaVie Vu Linh Ecolodge is a project in creation and bringing back sustainable living and agriculture. You can read about the project at the website.

The kids were able to enjoy a boat ride and a wonderful trek through the commune. Along the trek were eucalyptus trees, fragrant cinnamon trees, a visit with a sustainable farmer, and a small boat builder.

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Now it is time for some rest. Cool breeze, but lovely place to rest. More tomorrow and happy wishes to all from LaVie Vu Linh.

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My View

Today begins a short trip with 14 middle school students graded 6 and 7. We are traveling to LaVie Ecolodge, which is about two hours northwest of Hanoi, Vietnam.

The students began this trip yesterday with basic training in rock climbing. They learned to tie basic knots, fit their harness, and various aspects if climbing at VietClimb in Hanoi.

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Now the fun part of the trip. LaVie Ecolodge while inly two hours from Hanoi takes about five hours by bus. There is not any major highway between the two locations. So, for the next five hours this is my view.

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More as the trip continues. Happy day to all.

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Summer of New Journeys

What an amazing Summer I have experienced. It is difficult to know where to begin, but to say WOW!!

I met an incredible woman last Winter and this was just the first of many wonderful New Journeys. A lifetime past, but now a lifetime together has given a bright light in my life. Jennifer and I were married on 11 July 2011 and have made the start of our life together with a huge move to Hanoi, Vietnam. I cannot express the excitement that is ever present in each day, hour, and minute as we explore our new lives together here in Hanoi.

Panoramic Image of My Neighborhood in Hanoi, Vietnam

Panoramic of My Neighborhood

Hanoi and the people of Vietnam are incredible. I am so enjoying meeting and learning from every person I come in contact with each day. All have been so helpful to me. This is especially true since my skills in the Vietnamese language are nil. I have learned a few words and am able to greet others, give some basic directions, and a a couple of weather terms. Ah, yes it is a joy to try and learn these few words, and one day I will be able to converse in some basic manner.

I have great respect for all people here on our incredible planet, and feel it is important to respect the culture, society, to try and learn the language, and embrace all that is Vietnam. Thus, I am trying new words, walking up to people asking questions, and being what my Twitter profile states, “…all around good guy with an inquisitive mind”.

Each day this journey has new paths that are unveiled. Choosing a path, has nothing to do with worrying about whether the path chosen is correct, but that one makes a choice and learns. Each path brings about new people, thoughts, sights, sounds, and so many different things that I cannot list in this post. A path is about exploring and I am doing so every chance that comes about. Even the most simple path of acclimating my body to the heat and humidity of Hanoi can be daunting, but to get my running game back on track I must chose that path and learn. The same goes for anything we do in life … a bit of reinventing … never think that one knows all that is on any particular item as all in life is ever-changing, ever-growing, and truly a journey along the many paths of life.

This Summer of New Journeys has been a grand experience with my marriage to Jennifer, the move to Hanoi, and sharing ones life with all in the world. This short post is the beginning of what I hope will be many posts about the many experiences in Hanoi, the wonderful people of Vietnam, and all that exists in this grand world of ours.

Keep checking back for new posts as this is going to be a joyous ride. Also, keep up with me on the various social networking sites as I write, tweet, post about life, share photos of all that I see through the camera lens, and meet new friends around the world.

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Early Morning Cyclist

Gardner taking care of the roundabout

Gardner

Vietnamese woman walking on streets of Ciputra, Hanoi, Vietnam

Walker

 

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