As we speak (it is 9 am here), Nam is picking up my friend Sue at the castle for a day of touring around the city. I made a little itinerary, had my student, Jack, translate it for him, then told him "take her to see whatever you think is interesting, and she wants to eat Vietnamese food, too." He doesn't do too well with open-ended requests like that, so we'll see what happens.
Sue arrived last night at 5, and she has already had the soup in Nam's village, some seafood from Seafood Alley, the turmeric rice cakes, the taro spring rolls and some rice from the Rice Lady (with the tapioca sauce). She has met Thuy, Thanh, Nam's family and Mr. Seven. She bought some material from Nam's family and is going to have one of my dresses copied by Ms. Hao. And while we were eating soup, Nam just happened to drive by on his bike, so they got to meet, too, plus she walked out to the street with me to say hello to him this morning.
So, yeah, I'm going to be totally curious, all day long...I can't wait to hear the stories. I told Sue to take pictures so we can post about their day tonight.