Friday, May 18, 2012


Blue Dragon’s almost-famous soccer team, Blue Dragon United, has been on something of a roller coaster ride over the past year.

Just last August we celebrated our 1000th game – a huge milestone, and a terrific celebration for the kids.

In recent month, however, soccer games have become sporadic and occasional, rather than the regular feature of our week that they have been for almost 10 years.

This is not at all due to a lack of interest from the kids or the Blue Dragon team; rather, due to the lack of availability of our field.

Unfortunately some simple tasks, such as booking a football field, can be inexplicably difficult in Hanoi. Despite us renting the same 3 fields every Sunday for about 9 years, there are regular intervals when we are kicked off because someone with more money than us wants the fields at the same time. The fact that we have a contract and pay 6 months in advance does not help us at all!

And so, Blue Dragon United is currently a swimming team. That’s OK for now; the weather is getting hot and it’s not a bad thing for the kids to have a break from the soccer for a little while.

But we hope to get our field back soon, or else the future of Blue Dragon United isn’t looking so good.