- The camera is (miraculously) working -- no green photos today. Still haven't figured out why it did that or if/when it will do it again. Also, our Holt travel coordinator not only helped us book a day in Halong Bay on Friday, but she also came up with the adaptor we needed (and are able to use without the converter). Hurrah! I am typing now from our room which allows me to be in MyLinh's line of sight (necessary), and it has made the last hour and half of her trying to go to sleep little easier for mommy. Her schedule says she takes two naps a day (total of 3 hours), and she has had a total of about 50 minutes of sleep today. She is fighting this tooth and nail!
- Alex taught MyLinh this little wrinkling nose exchange...so, so cute. She will do it with him only while in my lap, but it is fun to see. As she isn't going to anyone else right now (nor does it sound like she went to anyone other than her foster mom), those longing to physically love on her might just have to settle for an exchange of wrinkling noses! We would love prayers for her open arms to others, especially her brothers.
- The Vietnamese love her! Everyone that has caught our eye has stopped us to coo at her and ask "Boy? Girl?" and chat to and about her. It is really fun to experience that sort of embrace at her change of culture.
- There is not a Westernized sense of liability here. It is (mostly) refreshing. It can be a bit nerve-wracking too as we have yet to see ANY caution signs. We have come up on a few situations that we thought deserved signage. For example: "Caution: Power Lines Hanging Five Feet Off the Ground (or ON the Ground) for the Next 100 Yards" or "Caution: Even Though There is a WALK Signal, Traffic Will Not Stop and May Not Swerve, Either" or "Caution: 10 Foot Deep Pit in Sidewalk." Alex keeps chuckling at the lack of wheelchair accessibility...we have yet to walk on an accessible sidewalk or into an accessible building! Somehow, people make do.
- I feel like an ugly American in my tennis shoes and socks (especially in 75F weather), but the situations above indicate the necessity of having comfortable, closed-toe, RUNNING shoes! We were thankful for the tip to not wear Chacos or Birkenstocks!
- We have only seen a handful of sparrows about, as well as a few birds in cages. Where are the fowl? We have been to the ocean, a major river, and two lakes and have not seen any other birds than those above. A lake without ducks? An ocean without gulls? Alex wonders if the bird flu epidemic had something to do with it (ha, ha).
Well, sweetpea has crashed, so we will too after posting some photos of today. We are so grateful for working equipment (and will NEVER, Alex has promised at my begging) leave home without our trusty film camera again.