NINH BINH

Woman and Bike
Woman and Bike
Man Working in Field
Man Working in Field

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Phat Diem. Important center for Catholicism during the French era. There was also a seminary here. The Bishop ruled his own private army here until 1951. The cathedral featured prominently in Graham Greene’s novel THE QUIET AMERICAN.

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The 1954 division of VN caused Catholics to flee South, but it is now functional again and there are about 120,000 Catholics around here.

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Vietnamese Catholics worshipping their motorbi, I mean…in mass.

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Covered bridge dating back to the 19th century.

House and its Reflection
House and its Reflection
Abandoned church
Abandoned church
Woman walking over the bridge
Woman walking over the bridge

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As I was driving my rented motorbike back, I saw this complex behind the storefronts. A girl’s volleyball game. They were terrible. No recruiting possible. But, the rally went on forever. bump.bump.bump.set.bump.bump.bump….and when a girl finally bumped like the 324th contact into the net, everyone, including the coaches just laughed and clapped…oh, they have a lot to learn…(former player and coach, so I can judge)

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Doubles. Just as bad. But great platform. Toes should be pointed inwards, though. I had to get outta there before I made everyone run laps.

Pictures: JUN09. Ninh Binh, Vietnam. (Sony Camera and Lens)

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