January 17, 2009

Day 006 : Ho Chi Minh City

So I arrived in Vietnam and was graciously greeted by one (there are more to come) of my wonderful hostesses, Cindy (Thank you Cindy!). She kindly escorted me to her place via taxi. It was 23:00 so I couldn't really get a sense of Ho Chi Minh City. I headed straight to bed in preparation for my first day in Vietnam...
One word I would use to describe Ho Chi Minh City is: INTENSE. The traffic is intense, the heat is intense, the exhaust is intense, the eye contact is intense...well, you get the idea. I'm a fan of intensity, maybe that's why I like Vietnam so much...

No joke, this is the scene on every street!

It looked crazy, but fun...so I decided to join!

The city is full of beautifully discreet side streets...

The view I had when I first stepped on the streets of Saigon.

I can't help but notice a real sense of comradely behavior in Vietnam.
In the afternoon I met up with Oliver's Aunt Lien and her husband Sinh. Talk about sweet people - they have been escorting me anywhere and everywhere I would like to go (Thanks so much Lien & Sinh!) They took me out for a fabulous lunch then to the Reunification Palace. I found the Bomb Shelter particularly interesting. The spaces oozed a moving eerie quality. I felt as though I could here phones ringing and voices being dispatched. I tried to capture the mood in these photographs:

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