Friday, July 13, 2007

Hue and the DMZ, briefly

Now in Hue, in central Vietnam, a beautiful former imperial city located between the ocean and the mountains. It is very, very hot , however, and the rains won't begin here for several more weeks. Yesterday we toured sites in the DMZ and saw much of the landscape, both mountain and ocean. We went as far west as we could toward the Lao border and walked around Khe Sanh, where I was stunned and saddened to think of what it would have been like to both be under siege there and to try to attack on that hilltop. We also toured the amazing tunnel complex at Vinh Moc, walking about 2 kilometers of its total of 7. Luckily, we were the only three people in the tunnels so we were able to keep the claustrophobia at bay. Hard to complain about that, however, when you remember that people lived in those things for 20 months, eating cold and dried food, giving birth to and raising their children underground. Unbelievable.

Today, it's the Citadel (also the site of fierce fighting), some pagodas and tombs, and maybe some shopping and drinking of cool local beer, Huda.

Will try to get pictures up soon.

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