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I then decided to ride a boat. I realised that the boat was rowed by an elderly lady wearing a Vietnamese bamboo hat. The journey lasted 30 minutes and went down the river and back. I negotiated the price in English and got on.

The boat swung a little as it got on, but it balanced as it started to move. After the initial movement it was comfortable to ride when it had stabilised. There was a slight wind and the restaurants and general stores lined up along the left and right of the river. The lantern’s magical appearance made me feel emotional and like I was in a fantasy world.


I was looking at the sparkle of the city light for a while. I felt comfortable, so I asked Ms Dao, who rowed the boat, “May I lie down on the boat? ” Ms. Dao made a circle with her left thumb and index finger signifying that it was OK.
When I lay down, I could see the black sky with the city lights shimmering against it. Some stars were also blinking.

I felt the tremors that occurred every time she rowed the boat, and heard the sound of the paddle.
I was remembering the day when I lay down on the way home from college on a distant summer day on the edge of the river with the smell of green lawns.

I was a third year-student at the university and I was thinking about needing to find a job. I wondered what I wanted to do. It was the first anxiety I felt in my life.

I wanted to join a company that meant I could work overseas. The option of studying abroad was financially tough.

When I was thinking about it, I heard the sound of fireworks in the distance. Every time they were launched people cheered. I sat up up with only my upper body and arms. I could see many rounds of red, pale blue, and orange fireworks that had blossomed wildly in the sky of the city to my left

I really feel like I re-visited that summer festival of my childhood.


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