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Shirley's Vietnam Visit
Well, Iâ€™m back on deck after a delightful holiday in Vietnam, travelling from north to south on the coast side. I was very chuffed at conquering road crossings from my very first day. Good that I started in Hanoi to practice, because I ended in Ho Chi Minh City, and that traffic was insane! I enjoyed two nights on the magical Halong Bay; one night on a boat and the other on Monkey Island. Very proud of going through Surprise Caveâ€¦ for whatever reason it was named that. The real surprise was that I got up there to the cave entrance (around 200 steep steps cut into the rock) and got right through cavern after cavern. I have to admit rushing the last bit because I swear the roof was getting lower and lower, though I seemed to be the only tourist crawling on all fours! The north experienced misty rain and was chilly for that whole first week and my Nimh Binh boat ride was somewhat marred by quite heavy rain,
and I got drenched in the open boat. Umbrella useless : after just a few minutes one couldnâ€™t get any wetter.
Going south to Hue certainly dried me out and warmed me up somewhatâ€¦ 39Âº with a humidity of over 80%, which made it hard going, with truly hundreds of steep steps to climb to see ancient temples and mausoleumsâ€¦ boy. Those ancient kings really liked to be interred in huge, high places! I suppose you want a commanding view from your final resting place! Hoi An was enchanting, the old port decorated with silk lanterns that were lit up at night. The river at night was just magic with all the shimmering reflections of the lanterns. I enjoyed a daytime boat trip on the river, explored a fascinating ancient temple, and enjoyed great food.
All too soon it was Ho Chi Minh City and the real road crossing challenges but, again, great food and interesting sights. The Vietnamese people are just lovely, everyone so friendly. Got great mileage with two Vietnamese words: hello and thank youâ€¦ people responded so well. They all understand â€˜how much is this?â€™ so there was no need to learn that in Vietnamese! I had some great cooking lessons, and have been practicing since my return and sorting through my photos.
But itâ€™s back down to earth once againâ€¦ as stage manager of Visiting Mr Green I found myself sniffling through their first full run through a couple of weeks ago. And that was with scripts in hand and some weeks' rehearsal ahead, so imagine the progress since then. I warn you that some between-scenes set changes may be delayed because the SM is sobbing in the wingsâ€¦.!
Thanks to Shirley for some great images which are from top to bottom
- Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi... turtle tower through the rain
- Hoi An street lanterns at night
- Ho Chi Minh City traffic...and yes Shirley crossed several roads at this huge roundabout
- At cooking class Ho Chi Minh City...Shirley made that soup!
After many years at Front of House welcoming patrons to the theatre, Irene Male has decided it's time to hang up her maroon apron. We'll miss her energy and her smiling face in FoH, and we thank her for her wonderful contribution to WLT over the years. We'll continue to see her on the other side of the counter though!
Many of us are of an age where those decade birthdays take on some significance. So it was for one of our members and friends recently. Adrienne Williamson, mother of WLT's youngest members Matthew and Joshua Williamson and wife to Neil Williamson has recently turned 50. Adrienne celebrated this auspicious event in fine style with a large group of friends on hand to mark the occasion. Here she is with a few WLT friends and other friends. They sure look like a happy bunch and some of us know that 50 is a great age to be. Happy birthday to Adirenne from all her friends at Williamstown Little Theatre.