I wasn't going to write, but the typhoon, bird flu alarms...

...and internet access in Hanoi gave me this excuse.
The view from the bus

Duckin plucking in Viet NamAbove is what it it looks like out the window of our National Geographic Expedition bus today as Typhoon  Kai-tak rages across Viet Nam and the television blares little else save Avian Flu warnings.

So we cancelled our visit to the aviary, and probably will not compete in the duck-plucking contest in Saigon tomorrow.

I won't bore you all again unless something exciting happens in Saigon (a.k.a. Ho Chi Min City) or on The Mekong later this week. 

The Blogfather

P.S. The friendliness of these people towards Americans is truly  amazing. Their twenty year war with us apparently pales in comparison with their centuries-long battle against the Chinese and French before us, and the two-year war with the Khymer Rouge followed by a ten-year war again with China after we left them alone.

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