Lasting Impressions of Saigon


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June 10th 2005
Published: June 17th 2005
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I spent quite a bit of time in this park, writing, watching the kids play badminton and skateboard, and talking to college students who wanted to practice their English.
I actually left Vietnam on Saturday the 11th, but haven't had time to get to a computer until now. My last impressions of Vietnam were of the city of Saigon. It is a huge, busy place, not really my style. It was interesting, but I was happy to leave when I did. It was very relaxing and even a relief to cross the border back in to Calm Cambodia. In retrospect I should have gone straight from Saigon up to Dalat, which is a small mountain town with waterfalls and hikes all around it. Instead I did the tourist thing in and around the city with my little trip out into the Mekong Delta. I'll have to save Dalat for next time. I met very intersting people on my tourist trails - including two Basques who had heard of Boise! The trip was well worth it and I"m glad I had the opportunity to see even a little bit of Vietnam.
Last note: one of my favorite images of Vietnam is a lavender purple tractor that I saw on a small island in the Mekong Delta.


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From My Hotel WindowFrom My Hotel Window
From My Hotel Window

The park, two markets and the whole "backpacker district" surrounded my hotel.
Crowded City StreetCrowded City Street
Crowded City Street

I listened to noise from the street all night, but I was high up enough that it was all fairly muffled. It was kind of exciting to be in a big city again like New York.
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Buddha

This is the building opposite my room, I liked looking across to see Buddha watching over me.


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