Days 8-9 April 18-19

Day 8 -- We spent most of the day traveling from An Giang to Ho Chi Minh City.  It was a long bus ride with tubs in the back storage area and the back seat of the bus -- so it was a cozy ride back to Ho Chi Minh City.

We spent the evening settling in to our Hotel, The Blue River Hotel.  It was down an alley off the main street -- so we had to carry 27 tubs down the alley.  A local Vietnamese man helped us with his cart.  The hotel staff are very friendly and helpful.  Every time we walk out of the hotel -- we are approached by vendors selling sunglasses.  We ate at Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken the first night and everyone went to bed early after a long day of traveling.

Day 9 -- We went to the Vietnam War Museum today.  The stories and images are too sad and horrible to describe in words -- the violence and trauma to buildings, land, animals, and all people involved.   A reminder about the importance of working towards peace always.

After that we walked to the post office so Tim could mail a postcard. It looked like an old train station which was very beautiful inside.  There were many markets around -- so students did some quick shopping for Vietnamese Arts and Craft.  We then went inside a mall -- which was a bit expensive -- so just window shopping was done there.  We had lunch at a Pizza Hut there with some different pizzas like chicken curry.  Later that day we went to Ben Thanh market -- which had countless stalls with vendors who try to lure you to buy what they are selling which included a wide range of goods from coffee, tea, seafood, dried fruit, Vietnamese arts and crafts, t-shirts, belts, wallets, purses, etc.  Students got lots of practice with their bargaining skills.

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