Micheal Jackson Resurrected!
Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
53Trip End Sep 01, 2011
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We could go on the tours and do all the tourist things, but then we'd miss out on the everyday life and the local culture. We've spent the majority of our time just walking the streets and talking to the locals. There are many old colonial buildings still being used today....the Post Office is a fascinating place with it's architecture...and so well kept. The Notre Dame Cathedral, built in 1880 is still being used..although now holds a flat screen t.v. on each of it's pillars inside. The locals still appreciate the beauty of their city...we've seen about 5 or 6 newlyweds having their wedding pictures taken outside the old structures
We took a taxi to a market recommended by our hotel to try to find some Tea Tree oil...which doesn't seem to exist in Vietnam. The market wasn't very good, so we decided to just walk around. We stumbled upon an old Catholic Church, bright pink in color...I've never seen a church so pink before! Beside the church was a huge statue of Jesus and a beautiful park with stone sculptures for each of the stages of the crucifixion. It was stunning.
The Saigon River needs some TLC...lol. The riverbank isn't overly interesting. The river is HUGE though...so much water. We tried to get on a dinner cruise, but it was booked for the evening. The markets in Vietnam are nothing like anywhere else! Most of them are inside (or under shelters) and the stalls are SO close together! Everyone is trying for your attention...in the meantime...all you can think about is covering your pockets and holding on to the camera! About 30 seconds into the market...you just want to get out
The majority of the people in Vietnam are super friendly...even at the restaurants. You can go to a coffee shop, order a coffee, and the next thing you know, they are bringing out some snacks for you...or a starter at a restaurant. Oh, this is nice....until you get the bill...haha. They always "give" you things...and then just charge you later. It's a great sales tactic!
On our way for dinner one night, we happened to be carrying our backpack...which is already falling apart (only one month old..lol), so we stopped at a sewing machine that was sitting on the side of the road. A man quickly came over to help us, said he could fix it for $1 US...so we said sure! He gets the thread out...and he's trying...and we're waiting...and it's dark...he can't get the thread through the machine...lol...for about 10 minutes, he was trying so hard. Jay and I began to wonder if it was really his sewing machine, or if he was just some random guy that saw us there so he came running over to make a buck
The time to leave Ho Chi Minh has arrived. We would like to stay for a lot longer, but when they limit you to thirty days in a country that offers as much as Vietnam does...you have to keep moving! We were up at 5, at the train station at 6am to catch our 6:30am train to Nha Trang. At 6:30 in the morning, the last thing you want to smell is Durian!....but of course...we just get comfortable and out comes the durian!...definitely better than the smell of Beetelnut in Taiwan! No more than 10 minutes later....the t.v. comes on...cool...we get movies??!!...NOPE...Vietnamese music blaring through the train car! It was so loud that Jay and I practically had to yell at each other to talk. Oh well, we can pretty much sleep through anything now. Just recline the seat, and.....ahhh....hahahaha...Jay's shoulders are too wide to fit between the armrests! He had to sit crooked the whole way...lol. It was an interesting 8 hours...but we made it! A hotel with a window and a view of the ocean!! Even in the rain, the sound of the ocean waves and the view of the beach make me happy....so happy....