Next stop is Vietnam

March 5, 2016 § 2 Comments

431307_331173300258707_152560524786653_947670_642371523_nIt’s the liminal time and space. I actually have a little vertigo, probably from excitement and fatigue, but certainly because I am moving now between two worlds. I’ve probably been in this space for a while, which is why, a few days ago, I threw myself on the sofa and wondered what the hell I had gotten myself into. I’ve set a goal and that goal has tickets and an itinerary and other people committed here and expecting us there. In a few hours we will set out. We will drive to Toronto and leave – on a jet plane (those 60s songs are coming back spontaneously now) – for a 16 hour flight to Taipei and a two hour flight to Saigon.

Our goals as individuals are varied and will change as we learn, or as we encounter things that will take a while to learn. I go because I love to watch the encounters between cultures. Like fusion cooking, something new happens using the ingredients of each. That interests me.

As a nation we did not take the time to learn, 50-some years ago. Now individuals and groups of individuals go to make some sense, not of the war – the war has ended – but of why Americans could not have done that better and could we not do it better now. I go because the answer there is, “of course we can. Come, sit with us and talk. Share stories. Laugh. Cry. Live.”

§ 2 Responses to Next stop is Vietnam

  • Barbara Kane Lewis says:

    Susan, My love and hopes and prayers go with you and the whole group for a safe trip that is full of education and links with the past and present. Love, Barbara

  • Jill Swenson says:

    That liminal space is a wonderful place to be… where everything is possible and nothing is happening. Have a fantastic adventure.

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