Monday, November 8, 2010

Vietnam: More Postcards in the Mail

Press PLAY to hear some beautiful Vietnamese melodies.

There's nothing quite like opening up the mail and finding a postcard.  Or two.

My friend is teaching English in Vietnam and he rides by the Notre Dame Cathedral (Vương cung thánh đường Đức Bà Sài Gòn or Nhà thờ Đức Bà Sài Gòn) shown below almost if not daily.  The cathedral was built between 1863 and 1880 for French colonists living in Vietnam, and all the materials used to construct the cathedral came from France.

Designated as a UNESCO site, Ha Long Bay is believed to be the result of emerald- and jade-spitting dragons, who defended Vietnam against the invasions of its neighbor China.  I'm definitely not holding my breath for when they're going to make the Great Salt Lake a UNESCO site.   Could you send some dragons over here, please? 

I love seeing the stamps, too.  So much prettier than the USPS ones.

On a more trivial note ... 20 seasons of the Simpsons costs $25 and fish are served with "everything God gave them."  And who wins football is still a pretty big deal.

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