Vietnam Birthday Parties and Rice Fields
Ho Chi Minh City Travel Blog› entry 13 of 26 › view all entries
August 3rd, 2008 – by: Zymosis
Cyrill, Hai Yen, Nha Phuong, and I arrived at the birthday party, where we met their friends. We had a great soup/bbq like we had with Kay in Thailand. Everyone got a kick out of us, even if we did get stares from other tables. And no birthday is complete without cake! We took pictures and smiled a lot and finally parted ways before walking to Nha Phuong's house to sleep.
The road to Nha Phuong's house was a muddy path that meandered through rice fields and farmland for about 1km. And we did it in the dark. Needless to say, we were damn muddy when we arrived at her house. We washed off and met Nha Phuong's parents, who were very nice and receptive. We went to bed, with Cyrill on a mat on the floor and me in a mini hammock. The next day Nha Phuong's mother made us an amazing breakfast and lunch.
People in Vietnam are still very sensitive about the Vietnam war, though they don't seem to have any animosity towards Americans. They seem to understand that our government's actions don't represent our own beliefs, and generally have a good nature towards the whole thing. Nha Phuong's father says that we lost the war because we don't know how to live in the jungle and because Americans can't walk without their shoes (true). We were the first foreigners ever to step foot in their house, and we were treated like old friends.
I love this culture.
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