Last entry for Vietnam :( Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh City Travel Blog› entry 6 of 6 › view all entries
Only 1 day in Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon) is probably not doing it justice but I think we got a bit in. Our 2 evening meals we ate at the local market just out in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. Great service and fast and cheap. Probably some of the best meals we’ve eaten and for around $10-$15 for all 3 of us. It will be hard to go back to the ol’ meat and 3 veg for dinner back home.
On our one full day in HCM, Lauren went to check out the water park with Margaret and Olly from Sydney, and James and I checked out the war museum with the NZ family. It was pretty confronting and graphic. Luckily James was pretty pre-occupied with the tanks and aircraft on display and with Will, the boy from NZ. My eyes were glassy the whole time and it was really a grounding experience. The museum is full of pictures and stories of the war. There is a special area dedicated to the journalists who went missing in Cambodia.
I never really new too much about the war and still don’t really but the images and stories that I saw and read about today made me realise what a tragic past this country has endured. There were many schools, kinders and orphanages bombed during the war and to see pictures of it was something I could never have prepared for. To read about the various forms of torture was something that I realised I just could not do and I moved on to other exhibits. I walked away wondering what cause could be so worthy to warrant the death of so many kids. I guess it hit home a little more with me because this is the country where I chose to travel around with my kids.
In the afternoon, we got out of HCM and drove an hour and a half to the Cu Chi Tunnels.
Health report: James still has a rash all over but it’s improving.
Things I will miss about Vietnam:
· The food, always good.
· Putting our laundry in a bag and getting it back a few hours later – all clean AND ironed.
· Tiger beer.
· James has just added that he will miss the Vietnamese trucks (no panels – just a frame, engine and 4 wheels)
· Riding on motorbikes.
Things I am looking forward to when I get home:
· Brown and multigrain bread.....we’ve only had white here.
· Fruit other than pineapples, watermelon or lychees.
· Real orange juice – not Tang.
· Straight hair!! And brushing our teeth with tap water, not having to get bottles all the time.
· Not having to look in 8 different directions when crossing the road (and holding on to James and Lauren whilst dodging motorbikes, cars, buses and cyclos)
· A cold winter’s day – yep, never thought you’d hear me say that – did you?