Title: Lucy Otto (Vietnam)

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URL: http://lucy-in-vietnam.blogspot.com/

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Some thoughts on dignity and pride - 23/Feb/2013 21:40 - 4106 days ago
RIght now, in early 2011, I'm living and working in the Quang Nam province of central Vietnam - a poor part of a relatively...
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Noble truth number 1 - bad things happen - 28/Feb/2011 09:19 - 4832 days ago
Literally the day after I'd prepared a long blog on the peace and safety and general loveliness of central Vietnam, and the day ...
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A splash of colour... - 14/Feb/2011 14:57 - 4846 days ago
I'm working in a small village, where everyone knows everything that's going on. So back in January, when an orphanage opened ne...
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More food, glorious food.... - 14/Feb/2011 14:12 - 4846 days ago
One of my favourite things to do here is to set out from the house. on foot, with no destination in mind. I love to&nb...
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Some favourite Vietnam things.... - 12/Feb/2011 09:56 - 4848 days ago
Just for you, ma, here's some of my favourite things.....(I'm not going to include foods - it'd take about a couple of ...
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Comments - 27/Jan/2011 05:39 - 4864 days ago
Hi everyoneI've figured out how to change the settings on this 'ere Blogspot, so now anyone can leave a comment without having t...
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To change or not to change... - 19/Jan/2011 11:42 - 4872 days ago
As part of this job, my interpreter and I often visit young people with disabilities in their homes. I am often close to tears.&...
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Why expensive equipment isn’t always the best thing….. - 15/Jan/2011 11:38 - 4876 days ago
If you think about a day centre for kids with disabilities, you'll probably imagine rooms full of wheelchairs, mats, balls,...
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Cardboard chairs and the rainy season.... - 11/Jan/2011 04:18 - 4880 days ago
As you'll see from the post on 'cardboard chairs' - we were feeling proud of the made-to-measure chairs, and the kids&...
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Big Brother - maybe. Nanny state - definately NOT - 04/Jan/2011 09:34 - 4887 days ago
I really like it that here in Vietnam, people generally get on with life, and are left to make their own decision...
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3am noodles - 30/Dec/2010 11:23 - 4892 days ago
And no - this post isn't telling a story of late night revelry,­which is the only situation you would normally find me talking ...
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The Big Belief Buffet - 04/Dec/2010 13:11 - 4918 days ago
In trying to understand and describe the various, co-existing and intermingling belief systems, religions, p...
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a couple of stories - 21/Nov/2010 15:07 - 4931 days ago
Before I take you on an exploration of the wierd, wonderful and complex Vietnamese belief systems, religions and pract...
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A stay in hospital and our wonderful NHS - 10/Nov/2010 10:15 - 4942 days ago
During my recent 5 day incarceration in the Hoi An Pacific Hospital, I had plenty of time to lie back and think about the unfair...
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A comparison of a working day - 10/Nov/2010 10:05 - 4942 days ago
MorningUK -struggle to get out of bed when the alarm goes at 7.30, hot shower, breakfast, iron uniform, find socks, bo...
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a weekend of culture....(and dancing) - 10/Nov/2010 09:22 - 4942 days ago
Having met Kathy and David in Heathrow airport on the way to this Vietnamese adventure, it's very sad that they're about to fini...
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progress with the lingo... - 10/Oct/2010 11:29 - 4973 days ago
My Vietnamese is steadily improving. At least I feel like it is.I do, however, wonder about my pronunciation and ...
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X-rated chair - 07/Oct/2010 10:38 - 4976 days ago
In retrospect, indiscriminately tearing up a friend's copy of Vanity Fair to cover a young child's seat was not a very good...
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Cardboard seats? - 30/Sep/2010 11:40 - 4983 days ago
Why does seating matter?Some disabled children have a really hard time controlling their bodies. When working with physical disa...
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6 months in... - 30/Sep/2010 10:31 - 4983 days ago
... and it now seems completely normal;- to meet a friend for breakfast at 6.30am on a sunday morning- to eat fish, shrimp,...
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Food - the next installment - 27/Sep/2010 10:33 - 4986 days ago
Hello people! So before I give you pictures and recipes, I want to talk more about corporate vs. local food produ...
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work.... - 13/Sep/2010 11:18 - 5000 days ago
OK, so I know I promised the next post would be about food, but I'm going to make you wait until you've read some more about m...
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Friend have healthy no? - 12/Sep/2010 10:13 - 5001 days ago
That's the direct translation of the phrase "bạn có khỏe không?" - meaning 'how are you?'It's occurred to me that, when I ...
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things that didn't make sense and now do - 30/Aug/2010 11:12 - 5014 days ago
OK so there's lots of things. But here's a couple....1) Completely un-padded chairs and beds.My soft, white, sofa-pampered Briti...
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buses. oi choi oi.....(oh my god!) - 24/Aug/2010 06:05 - 5020 days ago
After a particularly traumatic bus journey yesterday I thought I'd put my experiences of Vietnamese buses out here for you ...
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good mornin! - 18/Aug/2010 09:41 - 5026 days ago
Arriving in Nui Thanh and checking out the view from my room, I asked about the building and grounds next door. On being to...
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the rice cycle - 11/Aug/2010 13:02 - 5033 days ago
Vietnam is variously described as the 2nd and 3rd biggest rice exporting country in the world. Either way, they grow a lot of ri...
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the interrogation - 11/Aug/2010 06:26 - 5033 days ago
Being the only foreigner in the area, its totally understandable that people are curious about me. I also understand that people...
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a very big sky - 02/Aug/2010 14:08 - 5042 days ago
After the gloominess of my last posting, I'm going to show you one of my favourite things about living here....The sky...
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Núi Thành - 02/Aug/2010 11:22 - 5042 days ago
People have been asking where I'm living now (placement 2 of 3), so welcome to Núi Thành....(Can you describe&n...
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A moan, a book and a re-think.... - 19/Jul/2010 06:40 - 5056 days ago
It's strange, but recently, whenever I've been feeling unsettled, frustrated, or miserable, a song or a book has appeared w...
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Family party Viet Nam stylee - 11/Jul/2010 14:31 - 5064 days ago
About 4 hours ago, with a long empty Sunday evening stretched out in front of me, I thought I'd write a post about Vietnamese pa...
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Things that are starting to get a little bit annoying.... - 11/Jul/2010 05:07 - 5064 days ago
Whilst I am meeting lots of fabulous kind funny people here in Vietnam, and the vast majority of my int...
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SWEATING - 11/Jul/2010 04:37 - 5064 days ago
Doesn't the title just make you so excited to read this....!?Uncharacteristically for the new, very ladylike me, I tho...
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4 days and the extremes of Viet Nam - 01/Jul/2010 12:19 - 5074 days ago
My birthday weekend was special. I hope by reading this you'll understand a bit about the extremes of life in Vie...
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many cures for an ill - 28/Jun/2010 14:13 - 5077 days ago
After my post talking about hyperchondria, I've got myself a bit of a cold. And as a husky voice and crackly cough are indisguis...
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my lai (this one's not in any way amusing) - 21/Jun/2010 12:04 - 5084 days ago
Those of you reading this who are old enough to remember coverage of the American / Vietnam war, or who have read anyt...
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Am I sick??? - 21/Jun/2010 10:52 - 5084 days ago
I've been feeling a bit hyperchondriac-ally anxious for the past couple of weeks.Aching legs. Slow and lethargic ...
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the daily commute - 18/Jun/2010 21:59 - 5087 days ago
Before you get any further, if you are already feeling in any way resentful of a joy-sapping, time-wasting, soul-eroding co...
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What's happening to me??? - 18/Jun/2010 14:35 - 5087 days ago
Vietnam's changing me. I'm taking the stairs sedately, one at a time (no more clattering up 2 or 3 at a time).I'm riding sl...
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random funny stuff - 31/May/2010 11:06 - 5105 days ago
I am always amused by translations in the tourist areas. There have been so so many good ones. I wish I'd had my camera for...
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life's tough.... - 29/May/2010 02:43 - 5107 days ago
Living and working in a new country, with a new home, a new culture, a new language and lots of new people, does take a bit...
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work - 18/May/2010 12:41 - 5118 days ago
My mum recently asked me exactly what it is I do. I realised I can’t have ever explained it very well! So I’m writing it dow...
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Why VSO and why Vietnam? - 16/May/2010 12:36 - 5120 days ago
VSO (volunteer services overseas) is an international, non-governmental organisation which works to help some of the world’s p...
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Tall tales - 06/May/2010 10:37 - 5130 days ago
I expected to be a bit taller than the average person...But I wasn't prepared for the headwear of huge nets of spiders webs and ...
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Untitled - 25/Apr/2010 11:25 - 5141 days ago
Hello friends, and welcome to the food edition! It's quite long...--------------------------------------------------------------...
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The journey south - 24/Apr/2010 13:43 - 5142 days ago
Declining the assumed hour-long flight from Hanoi to Da Nang meant eight hundred kilometers and 16 hours on the‘Reunification...
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Untitled - 05/Apr/2010 12:57 - 5161 days ago
So seven weeks into my VSO experience and the blog finally commences.... henceforth this will be where I try to record all rumin...
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blogging... I'm not sure but apparently you just write for an extended period of time. It's supposed to be wild - 04/Apr/2010 07:42 - 5162 days ago
hi folks. hope you're all well.so far i've been exploring my experiences here in vietnam in my mind, my diary, in emails, on nap...
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