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TrekEarth Chain of Friendship

In April 2004, a TrekEarth citizen went to Lao Chai Tribe, Sa Pa and became brother of these 3 H’mong girls. When being asked if he could help arranging for me an overnight stay here, Thien sent from Montreal, Canada to Houston, Texas the gifts he purchased in Luang Prabang, Lao for the girls. He also activated me to be his mail courier and currency dispatcher, free of charge. I armed myself with a photo from TE for identifying purpose. Lucky that I was able to find them 30 hours after arrival in an area where residents have no ID card and their huts have no number or street address or map.

Hey, Thien, this is to notify you that your gifts and mails have been delivered. I distributed five 8X10 photos to the minority group at Sa Pa market asking for circulation of the news. By the second evening, Chi came forward to claim that she is one of yours, also claimed the Laotian handbag that you can see she has in hands here ;o). Next day, she trekked with me to the tribal farms to look for your sister Ai (left in your picture and right in my picture — holding their photo). They also asked if they could keep the print-out as souvenir. Of course my answer was yes. I am writing to thank you for representing these nice and cute girls to me. Your sisters are doing well…

For your next mails, I have arranged another TE member to bridge the span between you and me to Sa Pa. Nhiem lives in Phu Nhuan, Saigon but he shuttles back and forth dozen of times a year hunting new faces of Sa Pa itself. I am glad to ask both of you to close the last eye of the chain here.

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So far, Thien and I never talked directly, nor knowing each other’s face. But TE has closed the circle of arms around the world . Do you agree 2 medals, one for Adam, the chain inventor and another one for Thien, the best user of our community?

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PS:

This photo has been framed using photoshop, after Fray spent 2 days in a row this weekend with 5 email-instructions but failed to teach a callus-mind. Finally, he must create and deliver a video guiding me step-by-step on how to obtain the desired frame. So, the frame’s credit should go to my teacher.



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