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... and quite amazing.
We took a day trip out to the Chu Chi tunnels which are about 15 miles (an hour and a half on the race track) to the south of HCMC. Cathy was, before the trip, less than enthusiastic about visiting war zones and related museums and this originally included this little sojourn. By the end of it, however, she was as intrigued and dismayed in equal measure as myself as we discovered so much more background to the events of the Vietnam ...
... it becomes clear that it is in fact not at all. It is just a special system here in Vietnam where the mopeds are like the second class citizen of the road where they are expected to allow for the traffic of other cars and pedestrians. Anyway, as you most certainly can tell already, I am capable of much blabbering, so, sincerely, congratulations and thank you for making it this far.
Once we arrived at the hotel we were impressed. Right in the heart of the city, District ...
... Get to the tunnels and are informed we are behind schedule and need to rush. The guides completely misunderstand the nature of the exhibit that they have. Even though the tunnels were obliterated by carpet bombing, they have constructed replicas of the hospitals kitchens workshops, living quarters and about a 50m section of tunnel that can be crawled through with get outs at about 10 metre intervals. You walk through the entrance tunnel and ther you are in the middle of ...
... and seasoned with chilli & spice! Finally, to bar street for a post dinner drink. We bumped into 4 gap year lads from North Devon who arrived on their 5 month trip 3 days ago. We provided balanced advice (buy antibiotics while you're in a city and try things your Mum would discourage) and I think they appreciated it! They're headed North, then over to Thailand and Laos, so ...
... sided but one thing that can not be argued is that the Americans brought a lot of destruction to these people who have been nothing but kind to us. It showed pictures of the atrocities that went on during the war and the ramifications that the people of Vietnam are still dealing with. At the end of the day it's important to remember that even though there is so much evil around us, there will always be more good in the world and that's why I will always have faith in humanity.
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