24.12.2015 - 24.12.2015 25 °C
Spent the morning with minority lepers who live close to the town. Much sharing of gifts, conversation, renewing past friendships. A very pleasant morning.
Then had a delicious lunch with old friends.
Attempted to visit a minority village in the afternoon but blocked by the local political police. This has happened to me in previous years. They play real power games, just for the heck of it. Seems to be more common the further one is from Saigon or Hanoi. Some of these political police treat minority villages like personal fiefdoms, doing little or nothing for the lepers, their education or living conditions.
Went to another village later in the afternoon with no problems. All very pleasant.
Headed 30km south for the evening to a minority Christmas church service. The concert was 2 hours and Church for 1 hour, all of which started 1 hour late. Not home till midnight. A great evening though of culture. The Catholics certainly encourage the minority culture of dancing and singing, including the sharing of a community meal at the end. All in the local dialect, so even my local Viet' friends could not follow. A wonderful evening.