August 27 - Call Me Miss Saigon
In Saigon, Christi indulged in many of the dishes that Tauru has been waxing poetically about for years - his native food. Then she toured the city with a cyclo driver who is a war vet. They call it the American War here, and the propaganda in the museum leaves much of the story untold, but it's educational in its own way.
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Pho bo and Saigon beer - hello, Vietnam!
Meet my cyclo tour-guide. After the war, former South Vietnamese soldiers were sent to re-education camps and then forced out of the city. They were allowed back in the city, but the best job they could hope for was to ride a cyclo - hard work for little pay. He is 61 and pedaled me around all afternoon.
Banh xeo! Banh xeo! A sort of rice flour omelet filled with bean sprouts and shrimps.
That's not tea. (Nuoc Mam = Fish Sauce!)
Modern-day Vietnam hardly seems like it could ever have hosted such a brutal war.
Let's just say the war museum wasn't exactly un-biased.
The language became rather frustrating for me. Also, I didn't find any mention of the South Vietnamese at all.
Dig the facial hair - in a Chinese temple.
Notre Dame is actually in Saigon.
Ho Chi Minh, the man who united Vietnam and led the country to its independence.
A demonstration of the front door entry. Elaborate tunnel networks were used during the war with the US to get inside enemy lines.
Wax men give me the creeps.
From a food stall tucked in a rarely-visited alley. Tofu and egg.
She was so happy I was eating and enjoying her food. She brought out a dragon fruit for me for dessert - yum!
The Saigon super-market.
January (South Korea)
2: Grocery Shopping
23: Eating Live Octopus
February (South Korea)
28: Collage of Kimchi Cat
March (Christi in Thailand)
9: Christi in Thailand (Koh Tao)
13: More of Koh Tao
25: Snacks in Thailand
27: Lots of Rain, Lots of Rain
31: Rescue Off of Koh Tao
April (Christi in Cambodia)
3: Siem Reap
4: Day 1 Angkor Wat
5: Day 2 Angkor Wat
6: Day 3 Angkor Wat
13: Phnom Penh & Killing Fields
14: More of Phnom Penh
16: Still in Phnom Penh
19: Last Day in Phnom Penh
30: South Coast of Cambodia
May (Christi in Thailand)
17: Chillin' in Trat, Thailand
29: A Thai Island
June (Christi in Thailand)
24: Elephant Sanctuary
25: Erawan Waterfalls
26: Elephant Feeding Time
27: More Elephants
28: Memorial in Kanchanaburi
July (Christi in Burma)
27: An Incredible Month in Myanmar
August (Christi in Cambodia & Vietnam)
22: Back Through Cambodia
24: Good Morning, Vietnam!
27: Call Me Miss Saigon
31: Hoi An - History, Beaches and FOOD!
September (Christi in Vietnam, Tauru in Winslow)
7: Labor Day at Winslow Wall
21: Christi Comes Home
October (Tempe, Arizona)
16: Vietnam, The Rest
November (Tempe, Arizona)
14: Good Times with Friends
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