During his two-day stay, Mr. Gates visited the Bac Ninh University of Technology, where he received a «rock star» welcome.
From Elmoooh's blog [http://www.elmoooh.blogspot.com/]: «Several thounsand of students scrambled to catch a glimpse and later broke security line for a touch of the richest man in the planet. Gates really had to make ways to get inside of the auditorium where he spent nearly two hours talking and taking queries from students.In Vietnam, where the baby IT industry is on its way drawing international attention with Intel's earlier last month declaration of building a chip factory in economic hub HCMC, Gates is a God to the youth. Legend revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh, few years ago was topped in a poll in his own land by Gates as number one famous man.Not only young people are crazy about him but also farmers, most of whom may have never touched a computer or heard of the word Windows in their entire life. Ignoring the fact, hundreds of them, young, old and even infants surrounded Tam Son cultural center in Hanoi's neighboring province of Bac Ninh to wait for THE man.»
As a welcoming gesture for such distinguished guest, Bill Gates was offered and bravely agreed to a degustation of the traditional «trâu» or «betel quid». The betel quid is composed of betel leaves which are chewed together with mineral lime and areca nut. The lime acts to keep the active ingredient in its alkaline form, thus enabling it to enter the bloodstream via sublingual absorption. The areca nut contains the alkaloid arecoline, which promotes salivation and is itself a stimulant. Tobacco is sometimes added, and the whole combination gives the chewer a powerful buzz and abundant red-tinted saliva.
* I'm kidding... He spit it out.