The kids are so excited about travelling to vietnam that they have taken to reading the guide books i borrowed from our local library. Charlie girl, our 11 year old, has started her own journal, decorated the cover with a picture and a Vietnamese flag and has written down some of the common language phrases we’ll be using when we’re over there.
She’s written down the numbers and how to order a coffee (for me obviously). i just watched them, all four kids on the floor in the littlies bedroom look at the photos, and try and say the words. They also found a US$1 and i converted it into dong on the internet…came up with just over 21,000 VND (Vietnamese Dong). The guides also said it would cost 30-50 cents for a beer, 50 cents for a coca-cola and mostly for an entire day we could all get away with $10 a day for all our meals.
I did mention to the girls that there probably won’t be milk, cereal, chocolate and a variety of other fridge/shelf items available…they were gobsmacked! Just goes to show that the only way to truly understand and know about something is experiencing it yourself rather than reading about it in a guide book.
Now I just have to locate a map of Vietnam and put it on the wall for us all to plan our adventure from our kitchen table .