I have started working now so I don’t have as much free time to summarize and share my port day adventures, so this is a few weeks late…sorry!

I managed to get a transfer ticket to visit Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City.  This was so exciting for me since I’m trying more and more to be successful on my own, whether traveling or just being.  I am learning to be content with myself rather than always depending on others for company.  It was actually really nice!

It took about 90 minutes each way, so as soon as we unloaded, I was off!  First stop: Bitexco Tower for a view of the city from above. It’s earth’s 124th tallest building, not to brag or anything…

It did provide a nice preview of what to expect of the Tết (aka Vietnamese New Year) Celebrations.

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A closer look at the elaborate decor for the occasion.  The pedestrianized street was bustling with families and young adults dressed in their best to take advantage of the endless array of photo opportunities.  Selfie sticks everywhere!  Bet you can’t tell that they were welcoming the year of the Monkey.

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Unfortunately due to the holiday and its festivities, ALL of the vegan restaurants I researched were CLOSED.  My poor Uber driver and I just kept trying the next place through broken English and confusing hand gestures.  Luckily it’s so affordable.  Thirty minutes driving around to just circle back to where he picked me up cost me only ₫81,000.00.  That equals just under four US dollars!  So with my hopes of a delicious specialty meal dashed, I just wandered around the city, taking in the sights.  I also opted for  a mani/pedi in which the following lessons were learned:

Don’t get a mani/pedi combo when traveling around a busy city solo carrying a massive camera and laptop in a heavy backpack while checking your phone for directions. Firstly, they will spill the water all over your shorts. Then once finished you will leave and ruin your polish (didn’t use an air dryer), thus return thirty seconds later with shame on your face and smudges on your nails. You will probably also try to itch your leg with your wet toenail thus smearing that nail and resigning to walk around that bustling city with blue nail polish on the back of your right calf.

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