Monday, August 07, 2006

Vietnam Retreat

MCC staff, their families and some of the foreign volunteers drove to Vietnam for a retreat. We drove from Vientiane to Vinh the first day. Vinh is a Vietnamese city on the Gulf of Tonkin. The next day we drove north to Halong Bay.

Vietnam seems much more developed than Laos.

The next day, we took a 5-hour cruise around Halong Bay. The trip included lunch and the steward also brought out souvenirs for us to go through along the way.

That afternoon we drove to Hanoi and stayed in a hotel that was in 3 different buildings on the same block and each building was only one room wide. In fact, there were a lot of one-room-wide houses in Vietnam. Here is one of the more bizarre examples.

Our time in Hanoi was spent sight-seeing and shopping. We went to the Ho Chi Minh museum.

We also visited the MCC office. This photo is of our group walking down one of the lanes leading to the MCC office.