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... for every port on the trip. Today’s was “Sensational Saigon,” approximately 8 hours @ $129.95, our most expensive trip-because it included a restaurant lunch.
“Yellow 4” was called so we trooped out, went down 3 flights of stairs, and then aft to mid ship. We presented our special exit cards to the two Vietnamese officials who stamped them officiously, and then presented our ID/room keys to the exit crew member who ...
... madness and quickly found a good local PHO place and gorged on our first Vietnamese meal-it was really delicious. After this, we decided to get our bearings in this new mega city by walking around one of the local markets- Behn Thin market. Like many of the other markets we had already seen this one was crowded and packed with people, food, and shopping items. We resisted purchasing anything and after a while headed back to our hotel to ...
... of anticipation and great deal of hope, joy and enthusiasm. Whatever happens in the first day of Lunar New Year will open the door for the same during the whole year.
Tet is the biggest holiday here and celebrating it with family was and still is an essential part of what it means to be Vietnamese. It is like Christmas and Easter put together into one big celebration. People plan for the New Year well in advance with an air of ...
... 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">1. I'm physically capable of far more than I thought.
And at the risk of sounding over confident, I'm kind of proud of myself for pushing myself into this. Everything I've done in the last few days has been challenging, frustrating at times, and way out of my comfort zone but I feel awesome. A few weeks ago I would have avoided biking ...
... A small number of books had been rescued, and they were housed in a single upstairs room. I bought one of them – a first edition of Thomas Hardy’s Late Lyrics and Earlier – which reeked of smoke.
Dave Cooke describes the event in his poem:
Home again from university,
I learned how everything
had gone in flames and pictured
books they’d dumped in skips –
their spatchcocked spines and smoked