First day in Saigon

14 Sep

Hello from Saigon! We arrived yesterday around 11AM and spent the entire day getting lost in the city. It’s honestly not even that big but I am a Plumly (for some reason, my mascota trusts my instincts here because I am a China).

The first place we went to was the Ben Thanh Market. They sell everything from food, coffee, and snakes in alcohol to clothes, purses and tiaras. For a snack here, we had a spring roll and fried egg roll. They were “meh.”

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Then for our lunch we went to this restaurant I had seen recommended on a blog I read while doing my food research. Again, just meh.

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We had rice with pork three ways and a fried egg. We had it with strawberry juice. They have juices everywhere and it’s amazingly fresh and refreshing when sweat is always dripping down your back. The BBQ pork was good but it also came with minced pork pie. My mascota and I each had one bite of the leftover parts pie and decided that was enough.

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(this is my first blog – I have no idea why these pictures are coming out different sizes!)

We then walked in circles for a good hour trying to find the Reunification Palace (when North and South Vietnam reunified) but finally arrived with 12 minutes to close. On this adventure ( we literally were within two blocks of it the whole time) we saw the post office and the Du Bac Church. So, we gave up that idea and went to the War Remnants Museum instead. Obviously, important to see but also completely heart wrenching what people are capable of doing to each other. It really showed the continuing devastating effects of the war, including the births of children whose parents came into contact with Agent Orange – this is both for the Vietnamese people but also the American soldiers.

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We went to home rest after that. But, night fell and our stomachs growled again so out we went. And tried this:
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Yes, they are chicken feet! And surprisingly crunchy and spicy. Admittedly, very little meat but the guy definitely cooked them with some good heat.

We then finished our night up with some 50 cent Saigon beers and passed the fuck out. Remember, we left Wednesday at 2am and by the time we crashed, it was 11pm Thursday night. More gordita pictures tomorrow!

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2 Responses to “First day in Saigon”

  1. nongo September 15, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    Gross out on the chicken feet!!! You guys are very brave! Sounds like you’re having a great time exploring though. Yes agent orange was a horrific thing to do to any living creature! My dear friend Steve died of complications, from being sprayed on, while serving his country!

    • dplumly September 15, 2012 at 6:08 am #

      Love and miss you mama!

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