|It’s hard to believe that Tom managed to climb out of the tiny opening at Cu Chi Tunnel in Vietnam. I was concerned he’d be stuck after all the carbs he’d eaten on the two-week cruise.|
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Today’s photos are from July 21 and July 24, 2016, while in Vietnam, visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels. See the links here and here for more photos.
|It’s amazing a human could fit down this tiny hole especially Tom who’s considerably larger than Vietnamese people.|
In recalling our Viking Mekong River cruise and land tour in July of 2016, it seems like a lifetime ago. Then again, many of our outstanding experiences seemed to have occurred so long ago, as we remain in lockdown at the Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai Airport on day #123.
|Tom was sitting at the table in a meeting room bunker with several mannequins with two other passengers standing behind him.|
As mentioned earlier, we had started a self-imposed lockdown during our 55-day tour of India on March 12th or thereabouts, when we received an email that our cruise out of Mumbai on April 3, 2020, was canceled.
|Two of the Russian MIGs which were used by the North Vietnam Air Force.|
It was at that point that we knew we needed to hunker down and avoid any touring that resulted in getting out of the car. In total, we have been in lockdown in hotel rooms for approximately 132 days.
|US Huey helicopter.|
The recent tours in India seem a distant memory, let alone the tours in Vietnam and Cambodia in 2016 which we’re highlighting in today’s photos. Good grief! It was only four years ago!
|US artillery pieces and two jeeps.|
Details, photos, and stories of the amazing 15-night cruise and tour may be found in our archives for July 2016, including the above-mentioned link referencing the source of today’s repeated photos of the Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam.
|US rocket launchers and cluster bombs.|
In any case, it was an extraordinary experience, one we’ll always treasure as our own personal tribute to all the soldiers and civilians that lost their lives in the horrific battle in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and surrounding areas.
|Horrifying bamboo spikes in ground booby traps.|
Now, in this horrific battle with COVID-19 in countries throughout the world, we have plenty of time to think about the loss of life, the illness, and the sorrow experienced by millions of people as their lives are touched by this outrageously contagious virus.
|Viet Cong surgery bunker.|
With no end in sight, we can only wonder how much longer the world will be impacted by this pandemic and how many more lives will be lost or impacted by its path of destruction.
|Notice the sweat on Tom’s shirt. He was soaked after crawling through the narrow tunnels. This larger opening was a welcome relief. Some of the tunnels and openings were enlarged for the benefit of tourists.|
Yesterday afternoon, our friends Linda and Ken, living in Johannesburg, also currently in lockdown, sent us this article as to when international flights may resume in South Africa. It appears we may not be able to travel to the country until January 2021. Of course, this is subject to when India has also resumed international travel.
|Tom took this photo while climbing out of a narrow tunnel by turning around after he’d already crawled through this spot.|
We are grateful to be safe. Yes, the routine is mundane and repetitive, as is the food and the surroundings. But, we don’t forget for one moment the gift of safety, we’ve been blessed to experience during this difficult time.
|Occasionally, certain areas were lighted as shown in this taller section.|
There’s no room in our lives for “whinging” or complaining. Each day, we strive for cheerfulness and optimism as we continue to research our options when the time will be right. We’re well-informed as to what’s transpiring in the US and many countries throughout the world. We’ll know the moment we can make a move.
|The next day, he’s a little stiff and sore, having used muscles he hadn’t used in years but suffered no ill effects. The passengers in our group were cheering him as he entered and exited when few others dared to attempt the challenge.|
Please don’t take risks. I listen to podcast news on my phone when I walk the corridors and over and over again I hear stories where COVID-19 patients took only one risk after which they acquired the virus; only one time at a bar, restaurant, or gathering while not wearing a mask.
May you and your family stay safe and healthy.
Photo from one year ago today, July 24, 2019:
|One year ago today, we posted five-year ago photos when we hadn’t been out for a few days while in Connemara, Ireland. There are a few sandy beaches on the island of Madeira. Most are rocky such as this. For more, please click here.|