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Thursday, February 2, 2012


Now start the H2H posts. I'm comfortably ensconced in the warmth of my Hanoi bed, ready to hit the road to Hoa Binh at 8:30 in the morning. We had an awesome time today, which I plan to recap more fully either tomorrow or Saturday, but for now I'm only going to share a few videos.

We visited the new kindergarten in the rural Cat Dang community, two hours outside of Hanoi, earlier today. Part of the funds donated to H2H this year will go towards reimbursing the town for the costs of construction. A great time was had by all, especially thanks to the local Communist Party officials that turned up and decided to celebrate 'Get the Westerners Plastered Day' (again, that will be saved for later), but the most amazing moment came as we were leaving Cat Dang.

In the morning our bus had parked in front of a then-empty elementary school and we then walked to the kindergarten. We assumed the bus would be in the same spot after the visit, and as we approached the school we could hear the sound of children. Lots of children. We knew exactly what was coming, but I think we were all still amazed at the reaction of the kids once they saw us. Absolute bedlam ensued. Shouting out greetings and questions, fighting to get our attention and into our camera lenses, and generally going berserk. You could say we were mobbed.

The video evidence:

After we ran around with the kids for a while; stealing their hats and pretending to be scary, it was time to go. A number of them followed us to our bus (which had parked somewhere else) and shook our hands through the windows while shouting "VIETNAM NUMBER ONE!!!!" over and over again.

This was a truly fantastic way to start this adventure, and I can't wait to see what happens next. 10 hours until we set off on the first of 2,000km.

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