The report from Gà Còi after the tour:

One of my most special tours is the tour with Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator the Bob Carr and his wife Mrs. Helena Carr.

There is no word to describe my pleasure to be their travel-mate on this extraordinary occasion! I remember getting so very excited before the tour took place. Ms. Linh and I had a rehearsal with two beautiful officers from Australian Embassy some days ago at the Temple of Literature and we both tried our best to well prepare for this unforgettable tour.

The tour was started by our greetings with the Minister and his lovely wife. I remember introducing myself with the Minister: “Hello! My name is Zip! Nice to meet you!” and he replied: “Hello! Zip? Oh, it is an interesting name!” How gentle and friendly he was!!

Tour with Aus Minister of Foreign Affair 1

Because of the time limitation, we only visited the Temple of Literature. Ms. Linh and I told the Minister, his wife and the delegation historical stories, the meanings of the symbols used in the temple and the old architecture of this beautiful place. The Minister and his wife seemed to enjoy history and architecture. The Minister was interested in the Stelea Garden and listened to our presentation attentively. Sometimes he asked us questions to confirm the information about the relics in the temple.

Tour with Aus Minister of Foreign Affair 2 (1)

In the Great House of Ceremonies, Ms. Linh and I took turns to introduce to our special guests some fascinating stories. It was my turn to tell the story about the statue of the crane and the turtle and I felt very happy when this meaningful story attracted the attention of the whole delegation. Then Ms. Linh continued providing our guests with some nice stories about Confucious and Chu Van An in the two Main Houses, which was also the final part of our tour. How fast!!

After the tour in the Temple of Literature, Ms. Linh and I were invited to join the afternoon tea with the Minister, his wife and the delegation at KOTO restaurant. In here we met many Australian customers and the Minister greeted them very warmly! I realized that he was loved and respected very much by his Australian citizens!

There was a WHOA moment for me at the restaurant because a lot of reporters and photographers were waiting for the Minister and his wife here. Actually this was a quite important event during their visit in Vietnam. We enjoyed some juice, fruit and cakes at KOTO, talked with Jimmy – the owner of the restaurant and leader of his project aiming at helping poor children in Vietnam, and met officers from Australian Embassy, organizations, managers of projects, many news reporters, cameramen and photographers from VTV and other newspapers or TV stations.

Even though this was a super short tour, it was still a memorable one for me (and I guess for my sister Linh as well). For the very first time, I took a chance to meet and talk with one of the most important politicians from a foreign government. The Minister and his wife were both nice and friendly. Hopefully we made good impression about Vietnamese students after this tour.

Ah today we were recognized by some people at the afternoon tea thanks to the HanoiKids uniform that we were wearing! How great to hear really nice words about our organization from foreign people! They even asked for our contact and would love to arrange city tours with HanoiKids in the near future! Great jobs Kids!

Special Thanks to my lovely sister Linh.

For your trust, support and smiles.

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