Laura Smith

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February 22, 2005

In the fall, Laura came to Vietnam straight from Alaska, a barely inhabited land of mountains and snow, to an over inhabited land of rice fields, heat, and motorbikes.  Laura has found her place and impressed locals by biking over 100 kilometers to Ha Tien, a coastal beach town, and to Oc Eo, the site of an ancient Indian Civilization (all on her shockingly reliable Chinese single gear).  Adventures aside, the real highlights have come through unexpected interactions with the warm people of Rach Gia.  One weekend, her student took her far out to the countryside, a place only accessible by boat, to visit the student’s grandmother.  Another student invited her to lend a hand in the fields during one of the tri-annual harvests.  Her most recent adventure was in the studio though, recording her voice for Vietnam Airlines.  “Ladies and Gentlemen, all passengers on flight VN 482 to Phu Quoc and Ho Chi Minh City, please board”. So, listen up next time you visit the Rach Gia airport and please, make sure to turn off all electronic devices.

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