Yesterday I slept in late and woke up to find that there was no power at home. Minh and I decided to go out to a wifi cafe near the lake (Cafe Bo) that also had air-conditioning. We spent a good chunk of the day there wasting time on the internet and sipping tea. After finding some food and driving around and drinking more coffee at another cafe, when went home a little after 5 to discover that the power had just come back on. And then it was getting to be time for movie night. I lost the remote to the DVD player at the last minute, but then found it again, and almost all of the foreign teachers and I walked over to campus A. Lillian took some pictures while we were setting up the equipment.

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Then I should’ve gone to bed early, but instead I stayed up with Minh watching stuff and talking, etc. This morning was the opening ceremony for the new school year here at AGU. I still don’t understand why it takes place at the beginning of the sixth week of the semester, but after so much time here, you just don’t ask those questions any more and just accept things. We sat there as the sun rose higher and higher in the sky and the air became hotter and hotter.

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There were a few speeches, a few songs, and then Dr. Xuan, the rector of AGU, pounded the ceremonial drum to open the school year.

And after all of the speeches were over, and a few scholarships had been presented, and we were dismissed, students crowded around to take pictures with me. A number of the girls in 6d1, my experimental class, had just gotten their first ao dais made, and of course wanted to have their pictures taken. The picture taking took almost as long as the ceremony itself, but it wasn’t too bad.

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And then I left the main campus to discover that the power had been cut in our ward, which means that my room will slowly turn into a sauna over the course of the day…

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