True History Classroom

The outside wall of the Citadel in Hue

The outside wall of the Citadel in Hue

 

We had made it to Hue, Vietnam at  12 noon after a 4 and a half bus ride from Hoi An. We joined a tour, that had already been in progress all morning, at 12:20. This sort of describes how the past four days have felt, fun and fast.  The second half of the tour took us to the Hue Citadel and the Purple Forbidden City, which was really cool even though most of the structures were destroyed during the Vietnam War (American War).

entrance to the purple forbidden city

entrance to the purple forbidden city

The grounds of the Forbidin city.  This is where the Kings residence would be.  terrible fighting during the Vietnam War destryed this place.

The grounds of the Forbidden city. This is where the Kings residence would be. Terrible fighting during the Vietnam War destroyed this place.

It was great. We were all sitting on the the edge of where the old Kings’ residents used to sit and our guide grabs a piece of brick and starts writing dates down and drawing a map on the sidewalk.  He proceeds to tell us the brief history of Vietnam from 1550 to present.   I think I was the only one in the group who was following anything he was saying, but that is because it was so cool to be at the actual place and know everything he was telling us while hearing some true vietnamese stories.  He, of course, was for the South and is actually still for a division in the country.

The Lesson has started.  Could not ask for a better place in the shade on a sidewalk.

The Lesson has started. Could not ask for a better place in the shade on a sidewalk.

Dates that our teacher made on the sidewalk.

Dates that our teacher made on the sidewalk.

The map that our guide made to help us understand what he was talking about.

The map that our guide made to help us understand what he was talking about.

As a side note, both of us are finding it harder and harder to say that we from America as we head further north.  We have met some people who have straight up told us they want the country to still be divided and some that believed in the south.  We have also met some who are very strongly for the north and make America and France seem like the worst people in the world.  This is a new vibe as we get closer to the 17th parallel, as we have seen nothing like this in Saigon in six months.

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One Response to True History Classroom

  1. Marie says:

    Be careful and be safe.

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