12.24.12: It’s A Wonderful Life

How can so dang much happen in a single day? How can you edit and post a little film, take a leisurely bike ride into town, check out the Fine Arts Museum, eat a tasty bún chả lunch sitting on a little blue stool at a little blue table set up on the sidewalk along with the locals, zoom around the town on the back of motorinos–piloted by the world’s greatest assistants Mai Phuong and Be Duc–picking up bleach, thermometers, buckets and oodles of Kem Trang Tien in exotic flavors like “young rice,” hang out at DocLab munching on tiny green apples and learning Vietnamese folk songs, attend the most awesome, friend-filled, warm hearted Christmas Eve feast (featuring the unbelievably delicious Bo la lot aka betel leaf wrapped beef)/gift swap (featuring a red parka’d Santa free pouring red wine from a box while standing in the middle of the black lacquered dining table)/singalong (featuring an extremely rousing version of You Are My Sunshine), and then bike home through possibly the craziest traffic ever??? I have the pictures to prove it…


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Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr travel the world, sharing movies and music with the masses. At home in Los Angeles, they facilitate community screenings and workshops at the Echo Park Film Center, a non-profit media arts organization.

Comments 2

  1. Dave Marr December 24, 2012

    Your life is so amazing! It is so great that you two can go to a completely different culture & instantly make such wonderful friends & join into their lifestyle so effortlessly.
    I admire & love you guys & hope you can continue this great experience for many years to come.
    Besos & abrazos,
    Dad XX OO

    • lisapaolosuper8 December 25, 2012

      You are the sweetest, Dad. I can’t thank you and Mom enough for giving me the courage and the conviction to follow my dreams, and for always providing a welcoming nest to come home to when the travels are done. I love you both so much… Merry Christmas! xxxLisa

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