40 Years Remembered

Hello Friends & Family,

The first year living somewhere new is always exciting and eye opening as you experience all the “firsts” that happen. This past week saw our first celebration of Reunification Day (4/30). As most of you have probably seen on your own local news, it was a big year as 2015 is the 40th anniversary. I read many articles on it & had a chance to speak with some local Vietnamese on how they view the day. Now, this is not the forum for a political discussion, but I learned a lot from them.

As the date grew nearer, I started to notice the propaganda posters going up. At first, I didn’t think much about them but then I started to look closer and realize the meaning and symbolism behind them. Now, none of these photos are great as they were all taken on a phone through the window of a moving car. It’s not like I could ask Mr. Khoung to slow down on the highway so I can snap a pic!

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In other news, we just had a nice long (2 week) Spring Break. The first week was filled with a revolving door of Bailey’s friends hanging out & sleep overs. The second week, Tony also had off. We took advantage of the holiday week and did another motor bike tour. While I certainly wouldn’t want to drive one, I really do enjoy seeing the city from behind the driver. It’s such a different perspective than being in a car & fun to be right next to all our fellow Saigoneer’s (even if they look at us like we’re strange).

We then took a couple of days to hit up a resort that’s only 2 hours away. Since it’s a major holiday and almost everybody travels, the resort was busier than normal but it was a lot of fun. Hanging by the pool all day & listening to a band at night. We got to be friends with the band and learn that they often play at a local roof top bar in the city. We’ll have to go see them play here!

I hope everyone’s had a great spring break & now it’s back to normal!

Next up, Cinco de Mayo-Vietnam style!