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embracing VIETNAM



A lovely song by Bread comes to mind every time I think of Vietnam.
“...a not so very ordinary girl or name...
And I miss the girl,
and I'd go a thousand times around the world
just to be closer to her than to me.”

At last, returning for the fourth time in as many years, I saw Vietnam.
Her beauty, her laughter, her tears, her soul.
And I left thinking of returning,
and once again...embracing Vietnam.

Special thanks to My Linh and my parents for making the trips in 2008 possible.

Please comment and vote should you feel these images have merit. Thank you.


grandma and the umbrella
grandma and the umbrella
the red umbrella
the red umbrella
flower on a dusty street
flower on a dusty street
mist in Sapa
mist in Sapa
waiting
waiting
rain in Sapa
rain in Sapa
harvest
harvest
patch.work
patch.work
its weight in gold
its weight in gold
watching the world float
watching the world float
Can Tho morning
Can Tho morning
peekaboo
peekaboo
there's something about the hat
there's something about the hat
exchange
exchange
eggplant
eggplant
Halong Bay cruisers
Halong Bay cruisers
Halong Bay fishing
Halong Bay fishing
Halong Bay Taxi service
Halong Bay Taxi service
Miss Saigon
Miss Saigon
Reach
Reach
Miss Saigon 2
Miss Saigon 2
Alone with the sun
Alone with the sun
The path Home
The path Home
Walking Home
Walking Home
Tay Ninh worshippers
Tay Ninh worshippers
Tay Ninh great hall
Tay Ninh great hall
Spiral.light
Spiral.light
Two
Two
The price of a balloon
The price of a balloon
Mine!
Mine!
When I look at you I see me
When I look at you I see me
Smile
Smile
The Child, she knows
The Child, she knows
River Market
River Market
The Bath
The Bath
Stacks
Stacks
The Phoenix is a Woman
The Phoenix is a Woman
She is Patient
She is Patient
Wise
Wise
The ride up
The ride up
Work
Work
Load
Load
Laundry Story
Laundry Story
Mountain blankets
Mountain blankets
Mixed wardrobe
Mixed wardrobe
Play
Play
Laugh
Laugh
Cry
Cry
Gentleness
Gentleness
Giggle
Giggle
Determination
Determination
Market.Motion
Market.Motion
Sweet.Red.Hot
Sweet.Red.Hot
Market in Motion
Market in Motion
Hanoi Girl and Flowers
Hanoi Girl and Flowers
Hanoi Girl
Hanoi Girl
Hanoi Girl and Flowers
Hanoi Girl and Flowers
Make Hay
Make Hay
Balance
Balance
While the Sun Shines
While the Sun Shines
Red Zhao mother and child
Red Zhao mother and child
Safe
Safe
Mother and Child
Mother and Child
Street vendor
Street vendor
Sold Out
Sold Out
The Bat Su Street Flower Girl
The Bat Su Street Flower Girl
Hmong Matriarch
Hmong Matriarch
Curious
Curious
The Smile
The Smile
Close Encounter
Close Encounter
Close Encounter for Two
Close Encounter for Two
Close Encounter of the Third Kind
Close Encounter of the Third Kind
A good day
A good day
Market Brightness
Market Brightness
The Old Weaver's Daughter
The Old Weaver's Daughter
Bloom
Bloom
Girl at the Coffee Shop
Girl at the Coffee Shop
Saigon Cosplay
Saigon Cosplay
How to sit like a Vietnamese
How to sit like a Vietnamese
Running after a living
Running after a living
The Blues
The Blues
Girl in ao dai
Girl in ao dai
Going home
Going home
In Tandem
In Tandem
Mirth
Mirth
Joy
Joy
Friendship
Friendship
Mysterious
Mysterious
Ancient street
Ancient street
Embrace
Embrace
Security is my Grandfather's hands
Security is my Grandfather's hands
Notebook
Notebook
Umbrella
Umbrella