Tuesday, October 06, 2015

highlights from vietnam.

Almost two years ago now (TWO YEARS!), I spent Christmas vacation in Vietnam with two friends. And I never blogged about it, aside from the post when I told you I was going and the brief mention of Vietnam when I posted my faces of long distance. No one can accuse me of being a travel blogger. Oops. 

In all honesty, I don't think I remember enough details from the trip to write an in-depth post, but I want a record of it on the blog so I figured I'd post some of the photos I took on the trip and share a few memories. (I didn't even take that many photos. I remember feeling in a "I don't want to take photos" kind of mood, thinking, "Can't I just experience it and live my life?")

vietnam airport

I remember when we applied for our visas online, we paid for an express service and a taxi to our hotel at the same time. Express service was so worth it. 

I remember laughing at this scene in the airport because boys will be boys anywhere in the world. (There was a soccer (football?) game on TV.)

burger king in vietnam

I remember we were excited there was a Burger King when we were leaving the airport. BK has been an international travel tradition since 2012.

Ho Chi Minh coconuts

I remember this was so heavy. We gave major props to this guy for carrying it around, until...

Ho Chi Minh coconuts

he made us buy coconuts because he let us take a photo. And we thought he was just being nice! Oh well, we figured if this was the only time we were scammed, we were lucky.

rambutans

rambutans

rambutans

I remember eating so many of these and debating what they were called. (They're rambutans.)

I remember this was when I was still in my "Valencia or Rise" stage.

motorbikes in Ho Chi Minh

motorbikes in Ho Chi Minh

I remember the motorbikes everywhere. These photos do not do it justice. I think this is one of my favourite things/memories about Vietnam. 

Vietnamese Dong

I remember feeling so rich because at the time, 1 Canadian Dollar equaled approximately 20 000 Vietnamese Dong.

Củ Chi Tunnels

I remember visiting the Củ Chi Tunnels and not taking many photos because even though other tourists were, it just didn't feel appropriate. I kept thinking of the war and the lives lost and the events surrounding it. Maybe this was because we had just visited the War Remnants Museum, but I felt pretty somber and also fortunate that I was visiting this place, this piece of history, and had the chance to learn more about it.

Vietnam

Vietnam

Phu Quoc, Vietnam

I remember staying in Phu Quoc, and learning the correct way to pronounce it.

Moe's Bar, Phu Quoc, Vietnam

I remember playing many games of Crazy Eights here.

Moe's Bar, Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Phu Quoc, Vietnam

I remember this was the first time I had my toenails painted in years, because Sara convinced me: "C'mon, paint the nubs!"

Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Phu Quoc, Vietnam

I remember feeling so peaceful by the pool each afternoon.

Phu Quoc, Vietnam

I remember the gecko in our room and I jumped on the bed and we squealed and laughed. (I've since gotten over my irrational fear.)

Phu Quoc, Vietnam

I remember this beach was beautiful and a bit chilly.

Phu Quoc, Vietnam

I remember we ate so much food.

Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Phu Quoc, Vietnam

I remember our hotel was a bit odd (they were very protective of their towels and room keys), but they brought us a cake on New Year's Eve.

Phu Quoc, Vietnam

happy new year!

I remember FaceTiming Tony from the bar so we could countdown together, Beijing time.

happy new year!

happy new year!

I remember we had a good time.


I remember Paula went for a late-night dip.

happy new year!

saigon beer

happy new year

happy new year

Ho Chi Minh city

I remember feeling proud I crossed the road without being hit ;)

happy new year

I remember we agreed to eat here because Alanna and Paula wanted pasta and I liked the type on their window.

P.S. Highlights from Hong Kong, Datong, Thailand, Shanghai, Boracay, Vermont, and Montréal.

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