I have places that I want to see, Viet Nam chief among them. Viet Nam was such a huge part of my early adulthood, what they refer to as “the American war”. I’d like to see the places we heard about every night on the news: Hue, Danang, the Mekong River Delta, Hanoi, Saigon — now Ho Chi Min City.
Lyndon Johnson couldn’t believe that short Asians in black pajamas and rubber sandals could defeat the U.S. military, but they did, didn’t they? I wonder what we learned from the experience? Many conservatives still apparently think that if we’d “unleashed our military” they could have won. I’m not sure how much more unleashed you can get than 500,000 soldiers, tons of bombs and Agent Orange, and whatever else we did over there.
Sara has helped me find a trip that seems to touch all the places I want to see. I was going to hurry up and try to make a mid-June departure, but it rains a lot over there at that time, pretty much like Panama. Walking around is probably more appealing in the fall, when it’s less humid and buggy.
I’m still planning to go to Panama, even though Minga has died, but perhaps not every year. I’m making a list, from now until I’m 80, starting with Viet Nam.
Will keep you posted as the list expands. 🙂
Glad to hear of any spots you’ve been to that you think I shouldn’t miss.