We arrived in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in the morning after another all nighter bus ride we got out of the bus and instantly met two guys named Leo from Italy and Mike from New Zealand. They asked if we had a hostel we were going to and we had them walk with us to the hostel Jenn lived in for 3 months two years ago called MyMy Guesthouse. We went and had coffee with Leo and Mike and just chatted for a while relaxing and getting ready to explore our new city. We talked about each others backgrounds and what they like and disliked about different countries and their upbringings. We talked for two hours it was perfect.
Later that evening we met Bunny and Georgia who shared our hostel room and went out for drinks with them on Pham Ngu Lao Street! We went to a bar that had seating on the floor outside of it like all of the other bars and Jenn knew the bar owner! She recognized Jenn because of her beanie hahah. With Jenn I can always count on normal bar talks to get deep and intimate because when you meet so many people constantly while traveling nobody cares what your job was really and where you have been; just get down to the good conversations. Then Leo and Mike joined us for a few more drinks and then Georgia and Bunny left us 4. We went out to two different bars on the same street and at the first bar we had the whole dance floor to our selves! We were getting down and being silly with so many laughs. The first one we all danced and the second one we went to the second floor where no one was and played pool. We got back around 3am. Just a good night with good people.
The second day we had dinner and shakes with 3 of Jennifers friends she volunteered with 2 years ago. Jenn has a way of surrounding herself with genuine good hearted people. That’s one think I love about the youth in Vietnam. You don’t need to be under the influence to hang out late like in America. You can just drink some juice or tea and just have normal conversations. Even when I don't know what they are talking about and I kind of zone out I still smile listening to how happy everyone is to be with one another.
The third day Georgie, Bunny and I went to Cu Chi tunnels that the Vietnamese used in the Vietnam War. Crawling through the tunnels it was crazy to believe that people lived in those for years. That night we went to a really fancy Vietnamese restaurant with Jennifers aunt and uncle and niece. It was nice to meet family from Jenns moms side down here since I met Jenn's dads side of the family in Northern Vietnam. After dinner and chatting and listening to their stories (the food was incredible by the way) Jenn and I walked to frog lake and just sat and talked about life. How we have now been to four countries and learned more about ourselves throughout our time in this journey and how we will continue to grow and better ourselves when it ends. The fourth day we went shopping and got a bunch of things! Like a fake purse and some shirts and some headphones. Now that we only have a few more cities to go to before ending up in Hanoi and flying home I finally feel like I can buy stuff. After shopping we met Jenns Friends again at the Opera house. We had tea with milk sat in a circle, ate peanuts and just chatted before getting on our 9:30pm bus to Nha Trang!
We got into Nha Trang at 7am and found a hotel for $12.50 a night and for the first time in a long time got my own room! I loved having my own space. I then went to Jenns Grandmas house which she has had since 1975 and I was the first ever foreigner in it. I met her cousin Ve and we went out for coffee. Later that night Julie came in from her flight from Hanoi and I stayed in my room so they could have their alone time. The next day we went on a Four Island Tour tour around on a boat and went from island to island while snorkeling at all of the stops! We ate on the boat and next thing we know it turned into a karaoke boat with two other boats next to us! And surprise Jen and Julie and I were the only foreigners on all three boats and everyone wanted us to sing. We sang Oasis Waterfall after Karaoke the 3 boats made a triangle and we jumped in the water to a guy on a raft giving us free alcohol! That’s where I met a guy named Michael who asked me on a date but I denied. Afterwards we got brewed beer at the only bar that brews there own beer in Nha Trang before getting into the sailor club for free! (150,000 dong) We were on such a happy high dancing and having fun that we put our stuff under a chair to drunkly swim and got it stolen including my dress. Worst feeling ever. The next day we were so sad we hardly did anything besides analyze what happened and where we would go from there. Luckily I know its just money and a week worth of footage and my license and glasses. Such a hard lesson learned but I know I will never take off my money belt and upload pictures every few days. The next day we hung out at grandmas and just ate and walked around with Ve.
Yesterday we just did the same thing except we had a few beers with Stephen and Remi that we met earlier in Pai, Thailand! So great to catch up with them again I would love to see them in the future one day! Nha Trang is a wonderful place with tons to do, tons to eat but it will leave a bitter taste in my mouth since we were dumbasses and had our stuff stolen.
Through my travels the only two pieces of technology I brought were my cell phone and my camera. I kept a small blue journal with me throughout the whole trip to document when times were quiet. I suggest everyone that travels to bring a Journal and Pencil.