Published: March 25th 2008March 25th 2008
Carly entering the tunnels
Tunnels used for guerilla combat -- approx. 9 feet under ground (see my Aunt's blog on the CuChi tunnels if you want more info on the tunnels)
Today we (the 2nd half of the Kids Building Hope crew) ventured to the Cuchi Tunnels. During the ride there, we absorbed information about the Vietnam War courtesy of our tour guide, Mr. Bin. Mr. Bin fought for Southern Vietnam during the war. (Up until today, I thought the Vietnam War was between the whole country of Vietnam vs. America for some unknown reason.) Also on the way we saw miserable conditions of the people in the rural areas. Part of us wanted to look away because it was too hard to see how lowly these people lived, but the other side wanted to look to see how lucky we are. Then after a very bumpy 2 1/2 hour bus ride we arrived at the Cuchi Tunnels. There we continued our education of the Vietnam War via Mr. Bin. He showed us examples of booby traps and sniper traps that were used during the war. It was very interesting to learn about the war from someone who lived and fought through it. Afterwards, we bid farewell to Mr. Bin at a lunch of authenic Vietnamese cusine. Then we went off to explore Ho Chi Minh City! We won't even begin to
explain the craziness of the city because we wouldn't do near a justice. However, we did include a few pictures of the motorbikes which are quite abundunt here. We wrapped up the night in a public park. Playing on the playground, we couldn't understand a word of what was being said around us. Despite the language barrier, our brother and cousin managed to connect with the local kids. The boys engaged in play minus communication. Today we witnessed how America and Vietnam went from being enemies to having their children playing together on a playground.
There are more photos below