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Life is Fun


Fishers return from their work during the previous night catching seafood by the use of a large fish-trap that they brought along the original from Dong Duong Village, Quang Binh Province during the historic southbound immigration in 1954. Arriving here, they kept its name. So today, the country has two Dong Duong villages, one within Lang Co Lagoon in Thua Thien/Hue, and another one on the East bank of Nhat Le River, across from Dong Hoi Town.

I am from the South. One of my favorite stories is Đời Thế Mŕ Vui (Life Is Fun), written by the Northern writer Nguyen Huy Thiep. When I came to hunt pictures in the lagoon of Lang Co in this middle zone of the country, these fishers are my favorite topic. Then they invited me to stay to tell me more about the beauty of the village. Of course I did. They gave the smiles, kindness and best assistance for my work and their famous soup cháo sň (clamp soup). When I asked about their hardship, they said their life is hard but fun: “Đời Thế Mŕ Vui”. At end of the stay, I brought home countless pictures of this destination, along with their friendship and hospitality. My thanks to them were never enough, so I wish I could meet them again. Yes, Life is Fun.

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When boarding the night train from Sa Pa to Hanoi, my party of three met another party of two in same room: one from Houston’s Vietnamese Photographers Club, and a TrekEarth member. They told us about the Yuanyang experience, and I told them my souvenirs of Lang Co. Not until at that point, did I know that both of these new friends were from Lang Co. Well, Life is Fun again. Posting this photo, I would like my new friends to understand that, I am too, proud of being the Lang Co resident even though just for a short time.

Today, I am trekking around armed with a positive philosophy of life that I stole from Lang Co, whatever the situation of life is, it is always fun.— Đời Thế Mŕ Vui .

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