Mr. & Mrs. El Terrifico are at it again!
Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
52Trip End Sep 01, 2011
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Jay and I left the land of smiles and have now arrived in...the "other" land of smiles! Vietnam! What an amazing place. We've been here for two days and have already decided that Vietnam deserves a good amount of time. Arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, we didn't waste any time before heading out to find some scrumptious Vietnamese food! We found a small street side restaurant and were so excited...expecting to find a menu full of lemongrass chicken dishes and Vietnamese subs...waiting 6 months for this food!!....page one...frog....page two...pigeon??!!....page three...oxtail....wait a minute...where are the subs?? So we settled on some vegetables and a beef noodle dish...equally delicious!...and a faintly yellow colored iced tea...or at least that's what they called it...lol
Our first full day in Vietnam was quite thought provoking. After our delicious, included, breakfast buffet at the hotel, we started off on a walk to find the War Remnants Museum...not really sure what to expect. We arrived at 12:30pm to an older gentlemen, who was resting on his scooter at the corner of the street...he was trying to explain that it was closed. Closed?? Yeah right...this has to be another scam...just like the Grand Palace scams in Thailand...tell us it's closed and then make us pay for your "taxi tour". So we kindly said Thank you and continued walking...found the front entrance...and discovered...it actually is closed from 12pm - 1:30pm....and then felt guilty for thinking that a sweet, innocent old man, just trying to be helpful, was trying to scam us....geez. Travelling makes you doubt the world! So far, everyone in Vietnam has wanted to genuinely help us...no rip offs or scams...yet...lol.
The museum is interesting and very graphic. Of course, it doesn't say many good things about the United States...understandably. The majority of the museum, aside from the planes, tanks, and some weaponry, consisted of photographs....very graphic photographs! One section showed the after effects of Agent Orange, other sections detailed the deaths of people...etc. Outside the museum, there is a section of the jail...for the political prisoners. They have the tiger cages displayed and it goes into extensive detail on the types of torture techniques that were used...and even shows some pictures of it! None the less, it was worth the $0.75 addmission fee...proving to be rather educating!
We purchased some books at the museum gift shop
This morning, up at 6am, breakfast at 7am...and arriving 25 minutes early for our 8am tour...we were on a roll! Early for once....8am...still haven't left yet...8:30am...still waiting...9am...finally on our way...I guess our "half day tour" will be an hour shorter than expected...lol. Off to see the Cu Chi Tunnels...the tunnel system used by the Vietnamese during the war. They actually dug tunnels, with three levels and multiple different rooms, and lived underground during the war. It took the Americans a long time to figure out their system!
Our guide started us off at one of the original tunnel entrances....just big enough for your shoulders and head...not sure how I fit my hips in there! haha. No one was willing to try to go in, so I volunteered...of course...cramming my body into small spaces that are scary and risky...sounds like a Bri and Jay Adventure
We tried some cassava root...tasted like potato....and saw how rice paper and rice wine are made. Sometimes, I think it's best that we don't always know the process behind how our foods are made...lol. There was another section of tunnel that has been "enlarged" to fit European tourists...so we were able to crawl through that for about 150 metres...very interesting...I couldn't imagine living underground!
Starving...we finally returned to the city at 3pm. After about 10 minutes of discussion amoungst the two of us, we came to the conclusion....that even though it's a huge risk...we HAD to try the Vietnamese subs from the street vendor
The land of street side sandwiches, bicycle bbqs, and genuine people....what more can you ask for??
Tomorrow we are going to the Indian consulate...once again...to try to get our visas for India! Cross your fingers!....and hope we get it!...I know there's some of you (Jane and Laurier) that hope we don't...lol.