Weary but thrilled Kiilinik High School travellers returned from a trip to Asia on April 24.
Fifteen students and seven chaperones spent seven days touring Vietnam and two days in Hong Kong, including a day at Disneyland.
“My favourite part of the whole trip would probably be the water puppet show we watched in our last day in Vietnam,” said student Aislyn Omilgoetok, referring to the traditional form of entertainment based in a shallow pool of water. “They did about 30 different short plays that represented stories. My favourite story to watch was one about (a) guy fishing. They had other stories about the their culture and beliefs.”
The blistering weather was a challenge for the Cambridge Bay group to adapt to with temperatures climbing as high as 44 C when the humidity was taken into account.
The entire journey lasted more than two weeks with the initial flight taking the students and supervisors to Yellowknife and then to Edmonton for two nights. They boarded the next plane to Vancouver and then had a 13-hour flight to Hong Kong. From there, they flew to Ho Chi Minh City, home to 8.6 million people. Subsequent stops included Da Nang, Hoi An and Hue, before returning to Hong Kong.
The trip participants raised funds for their trek by holding bingos and selling coffee and treats through “Cafe Asia.”