Its difficult. Its very difficult to concentrate and focus at work. My head is far more filled with thoughts of Viet Nam than with work.
But I have been seduced by the idea of living in Viet Nam, and learning more about it. As I wrote in the previous post, this is a God thing, and a trust thing - and an exciting thing. I will keep you posted as to the progress of buying and moving into a mobile home (so as to be mortgage free), retiring, and all that "stuff."
In the meantime, I have been reading. Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind and Spirit, edited by Laurel Kendall and Van Huy Nguyen is different from the usual tourist books of places to see, or the "how-to-get-along-in-another-country" book, such as Culture Shock! Vietnam by Claire Ellis. Chapters were contributed by anthropologists and observers from both sides of the Pacific.
But another piece has fascinated me more. It is part of a dissertation (still undefended) by Nguyen Kim Dung, a doctoral candidate at the University of Melbourne. Chapter 2 is titled "Vietnamese Culture and Education." (By the way - pronounce the name as "Dzoong", and almost drop the d.)