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Young Monk, Hanoi’s Temple of Literature

Seeing an image today of Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain eating like --and with-- locals in a small place in Hanoi reminded me of this one-man welcome committee at the Temple of Literature in the Vietnamese capital, a sprawling facility that hosts the Imperial Academy, the country's first university. Built in 1070, it's one of several temples…
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The Day I Wanted to Visit Ho Chi Minh

Today's Pic du Jour, the blog's 659th straight, is a reminder of the day, five years ago today, that I wanted to visit Ho Chi Minh. But he wasn't there. If you missed it, here's a very short bit I posted from Hanoi on 24 October 2010 bemoaning my bad luck with visits to the embalmed bodies of communist icons. I hope at least some of you have had…
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