In most cases the worst part of international travel is the time spent in the air getting from the USA to your first destination and then the return flight back to the USA. Yesterday's flight back to Los Angeles from Luang Prubang, Laos (via Hanoi, Vietnam - Seoul, South Korea -Tokyo, Japan) was no exception, with over 24 hours of travel time.

Those of you following my blog know that the early part of our trip was very emotional, as a small group of us accompanied former Indiana Governor Joe Kernan to the site where he was shot down 38 years ago in Vietnam.  Despite terrible internet connections, I tried to document as much as possible by posting text and video, and was surprised to learn that my blog had become the source for some of the network news reports of our trip. I think the videos I posted  gave a good sense of what we were experiencing at the time.

As our trip progressed through Vietnam from Hanoi to Saigon, and then to Cambodia and Laos, the ongoing lack of good internet connections made it almost impossible to update my blog. In some places I had no connection at all. I finally gave up. I'll try to post some highlights once I re-enter (I'm still on Laos time, which is 12 hours ahead of us).

Finally, I had a number of people email me about my Vietnam posts with very complimentary remarks.  I greatly appreciate your kind comments. To have shared Joe and Maggie's experience with them was one of the highlights of my life, and I thank them both for allowing me to join their group.

It's good to be back!

Note: The photo is of a painting I purchased in Saigon.


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