here are the pictures i showed during my 'lesson'. and anyway, since my trip began in bolivia (it's not really true, it started a few years ago but it's a long story... maybe some other time, i'll take time to post something about it) i think it's only fair to publish my first 'post' on this very country. my idea was to try to organize an exhibition about bolivia here in saigon. first, cos i thought it would be great to have my own exhibition. second, cos i realized that there were many similarities between the two countries (in terms of traditions where they retain so many and also stuff such as the traffic, which is crazy in both countries - though i have to admit that it's crazier in vietnam due to the fact that they mostly drive motorbikes - or the electric wires). third... por la revolución!!!! i came to vietnam three times in the past and i'd actually never noticed that this was a communist country, i.e. that there were some freedoms missing, such as freedom of speech and press. this time, i noticed it on my first day when i tried to connect to some social network and it didn't work. i then began my quest by asking questions to some people. i honestly believe that i'm exagerating a bit but two weeks ago, i got obsessed and went to several libraries trying to find the book '1984'. couldn't find it though i will probably never know if it's because the employees never really check their database or if it's because they really don't have the book. anyway, i could add many other things but the basic idea was that i wanted to see if, if i managed to organize a photo exhibition, some of my pictures would be censored, such as the ones showing demonstrations. in the end, it was not possible to organize anything (lack of time) but i still got the chance to show my pictures to some students. i don't know if they understood everything i was saying because it was all in spanish but i hope they did. i also found it really interesting to talk about the 'entrada universitaria', which is a celebration of the autonomy of the university, because here, when going to a public university, you have compulsory subjects such as 'vietnamese philosophy' where the students have to study ho chi minh's ideals,marxism and leninism principles and other similar subjects (whether they study law, engineering, literature, or anything else).
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