Monday, February 16, 2009

Very Curious

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.


Amy T. said...

So, I see Sue stepping not into your shoes, but into your neighborhood. Your neighborhood. A song came to mind (what's new) and when I went to change the words to fit... I found they already did!

Sunny day
Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet

Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Marjorie’s Street

Come and play
Everything's A-OK
Friendly neighbors there
That's where we meet

Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Marjorie's Street

It's a magic carpet ride
Every door will open wide
To happy people like you--
Happy people like
What a beautiful

Sunny Day
Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet

Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Marjorie’s Street...

How to get to Marjorie’s Street

How to get to...

Brian Bowker said...

I want to go to Marjorie's Street!!

Brian Bowker said...

Now I'm going to be curious all day today too, waiting to hear what adventures Sue and Nam have today!

Mungo said...

PERFECT song, Amy T...

marjie said...

Amy, it's days later and I JUST figured out that this is to the tune of Sesame Street. I guess it's been a while. Is that still on?

I want to go to Marjorie Street, too.

Brian Bowker said...

Sesame Street is still on the air, but many of the characters have changed since we were kids.

The more interesting recent development from the 'street is that about a year ago they released the old episodes from the original series on DVDs so you can re-live your old memories of waiting for the school bus to come.

Except this time around there is a twist: the DVDs of the old shows are labeled as being "not suitable for children" - No joke!

I guess it's not ok for kind, old men to read stories to young, unrelated kids anymore.