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Letters from Vietnam (10): A lesson from the orphanage

Dr. Thomas Rose visits an orphanage in Kon Tum, Vietnam

Letters from Vietnam – Part 10 Or should it be: Lessons from Vietnam? And here is my final Letter from Vietnam, which I am actually writing while having a stop-over in buzzing Bangkok. But the thoughts I want to share with you still originate from Vietnam. All happened in a town called Kon Tum, where I visited an orphanage. TheRead the rest of this page »


Letters from Vietnam (9): Be a “WOW” person

Junk Boat in Halong Bay

Letters from Vietnam – Part 9 Or should it be: Lessons from Vietnam? As my trip through Vietnam draws to an end now I have still two ideas I want to share with you here – and many more once we meet face-to-face again in due course. This post is about “How to be a ‘WOW’ person” and I wouldRead the rest of this page »


Letters from Vietnam (8): Stay away from the elephants

Stay away from the elephants (if you are not stronger than they are)

Letters from Vietnam – Part 8 Or should it be: Lessons from Vietnam? Are you stronger than an elephant? Or stronger than a heavy truck? If not I suggest you follow the Vietnamese philosophy of easy traffic. A common occurrence on an ordinary day An old woman uses a crosswalk in order to get from one side of the roadRead the rest of this page »


Letters from Vietnam (7): When I travel…

Rice Cutting in the Central Highlands of Vietnam

Letters from Vietnam – Part 7 Or should it be: Lessons from Vietnam? Travel teaches toleration Somebody once said “Life is a book. And if you don’t travel you only read one page.” This is wonderfully true. Travelling is not about getting from point A to point B. It is about being on the way. It is about sucking theRead the rest of this page »


Letters from Vietnam (6): “That’s the best thing that happened to me” is usually a lie

Letters from Vietnam – Part 6 Or should it be: Lessons from Vietnam? We all lie. Most of the time to ourselves You must have made the following observation as well. You are talking to somebody and he tells you his story. He recently went through some hardship. Be it that he lost his job, got through a divorce orRead the rest of this page »


Letters from Vietnam (5): Plan as you like – life will tweak your nose

Anti-theft system to secure my belongings when I travel.

Letters from Vietnam – Part 5 Or should it be: Lessons from Vietnam? Plan for the worst, expect the best Or as Benjamin Frankling once put it: By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. When you go on a journey to Indochina you need to prepare. Be it vaccination, travel documents like flight tickets and visas, or planingRead the rest of this page »


Letters from Vietnam (4): Know thy zippers!

Letters from Vietnam – Part 4 Or should it be: Lessons from Vietnam? Know thyself “There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” Franklin, Benjamin How true that is. Since we are so close to ourselves we have great difficulty to unbiasedly observe our true “me”. It’s like biting your own teeth, or likeRead the rest of this page »


Letters from Vietnam (3): You are a nuisance

Traffic Madness in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam

Letters from Vietnam – Part 3 Or should it be: Lessons from Vietnam? How to be a part of where you are Today I will head back from the Island Phú Quốc to Hồ Chí Minh City (Saigon); from the serenity of calm and untouched beaches right into the centre of traffic madness. Saigon currently has approximately 7 – 10Read the rest of this page »


Letters from Vietnam (2, continued): Three disturbing travel truths

One of the many bustling markets in Vietnam.

Letters from Vietnam – Part 2 (continued) Or should it be: Lessons from Vietnam? Previously on ‘Letters from Vietnam’ In my last post I told you about the three unpleasant truths about your journey. If you haven’t read them do so now. You will enjoy the current post much more. Because today I am going to tell you what thoseRead the rest of this page »


Letters from Vietnam (2): Three disturbing travel truths

Letters from Vietnam – Part 2 Or should it be: Lessons from Vietnam? Three unpleasant truths about your journey and what they mean for your business Welcome to the second Letter from Vietnam that we will use to draw a second Lesson from Vietnam – and most of all what the findings of this lesson imply for your own business.Read the rest of this page »


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