I was taken to the Saigon amusement park and must say that using the word amusement for this park is a stretch the definition of the word.
The "highlight" of the park is the "Coldest Place in Vietnam" attraction where you don a silly coat supposedly for warmth, and walk around in a giant freezer with ice sculptures of many architectural and cultural sights.
After several nights in the sometimes-too-busy city of Saigon, I decided to take to the beach of Nha Trang, a ten-hour bus ride. Certainly not the most pleasant way to go, but for $8 USD, I figured I'd give it a shot. Many bus stops and one sore back later, I arrived in the beautiful town of Nha Trang.
I love Vietnamese coffee!
At midnight, you can see entire families on stools on the sidewalk sharing a late dinner together. Apparently, the Vietnamese don't believe in getting their kids to bed at a reasonable hour.
I have started reading the Twilight series of books which I bought for $2 USD each. Opening up the front cover of the first one, I realized that it was not an "official" book (shocker!), but instead a photocopied version. Alas, technology is still caching up here.
Well friends, it is 8 am on 5 February. I will stay in Saigon a little bit more, then back to Nha Trang, then on a three day, two night boat ride up the Mekong Delta where I will move on to Cambodia and Laos before heading back to Thailand to get my TEFL accreditation.
Time now though to go take in the sights and sounds of Saigon and have some coffee at Sozu Cafe which uses its proceeds to hire underprivileged Vietnamese children and provide them with a means of supporting themselves. Some are deaf. Some are blind. But, all are very nice, sweet people.
I hope all is well in the States and that you don't miss me too much.