Behind me are a fabulous few days in Vietnam meeting prospective pupils – such a high standard of spoken English, ambitious work ethic and delightful personalities. I could see so many of the young people I met slotting perfectly into Rossall life.
Vietnam is an amazing country and it was good to be there again following my visit two years ago. Coincidentally, I stayed in the same hotel in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) as I had before, so I felt quite the international traveller as I stepped out into familiar streets and met people from my last visit! In Hanoi, I was in a different hotel, but in a familiar area. Whilst there, I even had a brief window of time on Sunday to sit in a park with my watercolours and do a quick sketch – something I have not done for a long time.
And on my arrival in Hanoi, Mr Trump was in town. Air Force One was parked alongside the runway with two other serious US air force planes. I guess if you are the President of the United States, travelling light just isn’t an issue… From the taxi into the city centre, the roads were lined with Vietnamese police and in the square around the opera house, ropes and barriers held back the modest crowds. Mr Trump was perhaps having lunch at the Opera House. I had hoped to catch a glimpse of POTUS but by the time I emerged from my hotel, the barriers were being packed away and the excitement was over.
I return to the UK with a refreshed love of Asian food, most notably the breakfast speciality of noodle soup. I think I must speak to our catering manager, Mr Fletcher, about the practicality of offering noodle soup from time to time on the breakfast menu. Having seen various noodle soup stations in hotels, cafes, street cafes and airports, I am sure we could recreate the flavours of Asia at Rossall. It certainly delivers a refreshing, tasty and nutritious start to the day – with or without chopsticks to grab the noodles!