January 7, 2011 9:40am
We arrived in Hue' yesterday night. I noticed and appreciated the stark contrast between Hue and Ho Chi Minh City immediately. As opposed to the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City (parallel to New York City), Hue appeared more tranquil and vegetated. Of course it is more rural...which sparks anxiousness and curiosity in me at the same time.
Yesterday, I was in and out of slumber as I thought about my experiences thusfar...it's been a whirlwind of emotions ranging from disbelief, shame, pride, joy, content, connect, disconnect...oy a little rough. This whirlwind may have explained the dreams that were conjured from me in our village/colonial hotel room...or my parents' many stories of frightful supernatural images. Every creak, imagined crawling feeling on my skin, and shadow posed stress responses in my mind and body. Therefore, the dream I had of waking up and finding myself completely stranded with all of my family, without any means of the basic needs was warranted.
A bit of our history: many years ago, the Nguyen Dynasty originated and ruled in Hue. We are visiting the Nguyen temple today. Perhaps my whirlwind of emotions will swirl together into a congruent tunnel instead. Can't wait to find out!