So you think you can shop...!!!
Trip Start Mar 13, 2010
12Trip End Mar 25, 2010
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All the team have become expert at bargaining and negotiating "best price" for a massive variety of items - t shirts, designer undies (yes, Jack with 10 pairs, Simmo with 5 and Rosie with a straight half dozen)! Mrs Crisp was checking out some oversize Calvin Kleins but decided in the interest of good taste that there was a limit! (Although she did buy 2 pairs for Mr Crisp)!!
Our tour guide Tri is an absolute gem - bright and bubbly. He knows all the good places to shop, exchange money and eat. We've also managed to source some awesome iced coffees, fruit frappes and other delicious refreshments. All the students have made the most of the opportunity of sampling a variety of food already - beautiful stir frys, curries, spring rolls
Our hotel rooms are comfy and all have yes, both hot and cold running water!!! Air conditioning is an absolute must and the TV is just fine with 24hr CNN broadcasts.
Sophie has been the megastar so far in the bravery stakes. She has so far been the only student to hit the public toilets at a market no less. No big deal you may be thinking but the first time in a public (squat) toilet in Vietnam is an experience!!
Jacob takes the cake in the fire eating stakes - sampling entire (hot) chillies. He's looking forward to dinner tonight I'm sure! Jarrad is our shopping and fashion guru sporting his local dragon shirt. Joe is leading the count for most sunglasses with a tally of 17 to date (and yep, it's only day 2 here)! With most of the group coming away without a watch most of the group are now sporting 'real' fashion watches from prestigious makers such as Rolex, Tag Heuer, even Burberry! We're sure they'll all last for years....!
By a long shot the highlight so far has been our cyclo ride around the city
Our visit to the War Remnants Museum was a sobering experience and provided an opportunity to learn more of this period of history. All the group came away with a heightened awareness of the torrid times faced by the Vietnamese people during this time.
Tomorrow brings a trip to the Mekong Delta for our homestay. The biggest problem will be getting all the group up early!!! Maybe after a more restful day and a good nights sleep last night everyone will be raring to go bright and early.
We're having a fantastic time. Everyone is fit, healthy and happy and things are going along just brilliantly. Keep up the good work with the comments, even if our encounter with Guy Sebastian obviously filled someone with deep envy.
Love yous all!!!