Today started with all of us finally arriving in Ho Chi Minh city just after midnight. It was hot and humid and while air conditioned beds awaited us, we first opted for a quick celebration of our arrival by sharing a few beers and stories of the nearly 24 hour journey from our little island on the other side of the Pacific.
After a few hours of much needed sleep, we got to be tourist in the busy city of Ho Chi Minh.
After a wonderful breakfast in the hotel’s rooftop restaurant, we bravely crossed the street filled with racing scooter and honking horns, to the bustling market where you can buy almost everything from “designer” watches to crazy looking fish, fruits, meats and herbs. The Vietnamese people are so friendly and happy to share their stories and, of course, sell you their wares. The sounds are as thick as the heat.
After the market, we made our way to the Revolution Museum to learn more about the rich history of Vietnam and the city formerly known- and in some circles still called – Saigon.
Then it was a cool beer or two followed by a lunch that can only be described as magical. Rich colors matched with complex flavors – savory herbs like basil and morning glory mingling for rich meats and not-so-subtle spices.
Then it was off to explore the city filled with culture and history around every corner. The ancient and modern coming together seamlessly.
We will wrap up today with a group dinner and an earlier bedtime because tomorrow we take another plane to Quang Tri providence and the real work begins.
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