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We took the long way home - thru Cambodia and Viet Nam, where it was hot and humid and the beginning of monsoon season - and very different from Kenya.

Old and New We visited our Maryknoll Missioner friend Russ in Phnom Penh. Maria, another Maryknoll Missioner, teaches history at a university there and she had given her students a treasure hunt as an assignment. We went in a tuk tuk on the same treasure hunt to see the sights. Russ, who set up the St. John Bosco Education Trust, transferred to Cambodia a year ago after being in Kenya for 15 years.

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Twins and Roots Then we went to Siem Reep and Angkot Wat, a UN Historical Site, where we walked a lot and went up and down lots of stairs and in and out of lots of temples built in the 12th century. One million people lived there then- and 100,000 of them worked to build these stone structures - with the help of 40,000 elephants who moved the huge stones. These temples were lost in the trees, whose roots found their way through crevices in order to survive.







View From Our Room Our next stop was Hanoi, where we stayed in the old section. The young people there drive motorbikes, dress fashionably Western, enjoy coffee at Starbucks and like to practice speaking English. There are many new high-rise buildings next to three or four story tube houses - some from the French era.




Sunset on Ha Long Bay The movie “Indochine” is why we wanted to see the 2000 mountain islands in Ha Long Bay. It is also a UN Historical Site, as well as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. We were so blessed, as it was low season and we had our “Indochine Sails” boat (the Valentine) all to ourselves.






Please pray with us -

God our Father,
visit our places of desolation
with your consolation.
Bring strength to the weary
and courage to those who feel overwhelmed.
Mobilize your people near and far
to feed the hungry, shelter the displaced,
and protect those in deepest poverty.

~ adapted from Church of St. John














Old and New

Old and New














Twins and Roots

Twins and Roots











View From Our Room

View From Our Room











Sunset on Ha Long Bay

Sunset on Ha Long Bay