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Little story behind the T-shirt:

The original photo has been shot in Yuanyang two years ago.

Because all pictures I took during the recent trip are poor due to my lack of experience on digital equipment, I intended to return next month to give myself a chance to fix the failure. This plan coincides with Steve’s project to return to rework on his photo.

He will meet me and Nhiem at Lao Cai before we cross border to Hekou together. In order to facilitate his recognition, I will have this T-shirt on as exiting the train station.

So, the original photo and the two Chinese words “元阳” are by me. However, NgocSon was the artist who laid the print on my T-shirt.

In my luggage to Yuanyang this time, there will be a similar T-shirt to be the souvenir I reserved for the only English teacher in town whom Yuval discovered on Nov 23, 2005 when he followed my notes to find his way to this remote corner of our planet. He has lost the teacher’s email address during the bloody conflict between Lebanon and Israel last year when radical Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah fired hundreds rockets into his village in northern Israel — but I think the gift will force me to locate the gentleman.



That’s the entire story about the T-shirt. Since it spans the connection between 5 of us, I would like to call this ”the friendship bridge”.

I hope to meet more friends during this coming return.

Sincerely,




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ChrisJ, NgocSon, hoangthenhiem, nicol_g, Praetzer, Richard1, Thanhnguyen has marked this note useful

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