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Schools Out… it’s the end of school year in Vietnam

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“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.” (Leonardo da Vinci)

School’s Out and it’s holiday time in Vietnam.

One can’t help but make comparisons when walking the streets of Hoi An. On the last day of the school year, in June, these kids have finished school for another year, and are ready for the long summer break.

The Mums on bikes are ready to collect their child, and anyone else’s who can fit on the back, and take them home.

The kids are keen not to miss a free small ice cream cone from the 2 carts parked at the gate. These are often a feature of after school treats, but today is more special.

Suddenly the children seem to have dispersed! On bikes four by four, The Mums escape down the road.

I put my money on the walkers. With a small satchel tucked safely under one arm, this small boy has not a care in the world.

I spare a thought for my previous teacher days of weeks before, encouraging students to clean out their school locker, take home many textbooks in very large backpack bags, and sporting equipment from the term past, and meet Mum in the long queues in school car parks to be driven home to the safety of their homes.