Ho Chi Minh Diary
Oh my god the scooters
Went with Eric the German to the War Remnants Museum in the city. Here, the Vietnam War is of course referred to as ‘The American War’
Next day on a tour of Cu Chi tunnels, a network 120km long in South Vietnam, close to and sometimes under the city, as well as a massive US military base in the area. Clever as hell but life under there was pretty bleak - if the Americans didn’t get you with gas, grenades or water (and I suppose they mostly didn’t) the poisonous centipedes or malaria would
Might as well get amongst it so on to one of the city's many available scooter tours I.E. Sit on the back and let a tiny Vietnamese girl drive as part of a group of two Brazilians and Becca, an American Google worker (thought her name was ‘baka’ because uh, accent??). Went through Chinatown, got smoothies, streetside soup, go around Notre Dame, old Post Office (where there was a clock showing CANBERRA time) and just generally entertained and informed by the guides (my one named Sin). Ripping good time, didn't even feel like I was going to die amongst all the scooters. Caught up with the always-smiling Becca later for a few beers (actual proper beers at a craft-y not-very-vietnamese place) and dinner. Hanging with her, am convinced I am the funniest man alive but anyhoo good fun, catch you next time I’m in ‘frisco then. It was also the day before xmas so a LOT more Santa hats and reindeer horns around than you'd think. The French were here for a while but still? Also did a lot of photo-posing while waiting for Becca by the statue of Mary outside Notre Dame, good celebrity times again. Included was some students who were interviewing me as part of their homework. They just seemed so happy to meet me AND gave me some lollies later?!
Xmas was listening to hostel xmas tunes, going to Star Wars with Meghan, an American (it was super well done but a bit of a super rip off of A New Hope). Later on went for food with Meghan and later met up with her random mate Mike from Thailand, kind of New Yorker who says ‘yo’ a lot. Get a pedicure you say? God why, really, two dollars, ok. Whatever. Get some drinks in backpacker town and go home.
Off to Da Nang!
Ho Chi Min - War!!!1!
Monday, December 21, 2015
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam