We have taken many photos and not all of the good ones fit into a blog post topic. We have put together this photo collection to share ones we like.
One neat feature of human memory is that we tend to remember unique experiences more clearly than repetitive daily routines. It's just short of two years since Kelsi and I set off on our adventure, but I can still remember each hostel and home we stayed in, in order. (I used to be able to recall each meal we ate as well, but I have to go back to my notes or pictures to remember them all now.)
Our last full day in Vietnam was spent at the Hidden Hanoi cooking center. We took a "street food" cooking class in a small group; just us and another couple from Singapore. When we arrived, we were greeted with fragrant Jasmine tea and a short introductory lecture about Japanese cuisine.
Tet is the celebration of Vietnamese New Year, the biggest holiday of the year in all of Vietnam. The date is based off of a variation of the Chinese lunisolar calendar and usually occurs sometime in January or February, lasting a few days in urban areas and up to two weeks in rural towns. Our visit to Vietnam fell right in the middle of the holiday, which meant that while many attractions were closed, we got to share in the celebrations first hand. This post is all about the Vietnamese customs that we observed during our time in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
Just outside of Ho Chi Minh City lies the Cu Chi Tunnels. During the Vietnam War, the Cu Chi Tunnels were part of an enormous tunnel network connecting much of the country. Viet Cong soldier would use the tunnels to hide from American troops, sometimes for days or weeks at a time. These same tunnels were used to great effect in the Tet Offensive.
After spending our days wandering the streets of Ho Chi Minh City to scout out various porky and desert-oriented street foods, we decided it was time to take it to the next level on the third night of our stay with a visit to Snail Street.