Slow-travel Log: Vieuphoria

After a small delay, we’re back again, reporting from Ho Chi Minh City AKA Saigon. What we’re experiencing here three days in a row is pure euphoria – the food is awesome and omnipresent; the people are so nice and friendly; the city is relatively clean, even if you compare it to our home country; people are not trying to rip us off every time they get a chance and there’s barely any haggling necessary – oh, and have we mentioned the fantastic food? 🙂

Budova Ústřední pošty
The Central Post Office.

The traffic is insane and main streets are possibly just as extremely noisy as those in Kuala Lumpur. Fortunately, we got very lucky when picking our Airbnb place and we’re staying in a small alley. It’s just a hundred meters or so to the busy main street, but it still is very calm and has almost a small-town feeling. Plus, there are tons of tasty eats in the vicinity.

Betelové závitky thịt bò nướng lá lốt
Betel leaf rolls thịt bò nướng lá lốt

We’re moving to Nha Trang tomorrow so let us shortly sum up what we have been up to so far in this Vietnamese metropolis:

– we tried to learn some Vietnamese words and phrases. Not much luck, though, the language is crazy. But we know now at least how to say Hi, Thank you and how to order ice tea and ice coffee with milk :-);
– Alex tried the local barbershop;
– we paid a quick visit to the Central Post Office and the local Notre Dame;
– we finally got to taste the real phở, bún chả a the betel leaf rolls thịt bò nướng lá lốt;
– we went to the movies and watched Lego: Batman;
– we visited the Ben Thanh Market (too many tourists);
– we bought a Jianzi shuttlecock and started practicing;
– we had a great, adult-only street-food dinner – no candles involved, though :-).

This is how our quarter looks in the night.

We enjoyed the hollering (no irony here :-)) every night. Unfortunately, we have no clue what it’s about – a religious service or a ceremony of some kind?

We’ll be back soon with new details about our newly-developed Vieuphoria :-).

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