Days are passing by unbelievably fast and I cannot believe that it’s been already seven months since we arrived in this city of craziness. All seems to be more steady now than before as we cumulate our energy and money(!) for a final travel before heading back to Europe in around two months time. Except for my second bike burn on my other leg, there are just a few things that may account as not too boring for a follow up. So here we go.
A night stay in Vung Tau. This was some kind of promo which aims at attracting people to the hotel casino in a fancy resort. You need to win a certain amount of points in the casino, which gives you a free night stay in the hotel. By free stay I mean our best buffet breakfast ever, super fancy pancy hotel room, $15 voucher to be spent on dinner for two, a great steam bath and the afternoon at the beach or the swimming pool. We came back relaxed and happy, and not too bothered that the promo wasn’t actually free. Anyway it cost us peanuts for what we actually got.
Pieter’s birthday. There are not many things that pleases him more than eating. No limit eating. So the present couldn’t be anything else than a dinner cruise on the Saigon river, which is one of the top tourist attractions here in Saigon. So we all chipped in (lovely housemates!) and there we were on this unusual wooden boat with a hundred of other excited tourists, 60 years old on average. The buffet food was great, music and performances not too disturbing, the staff super kind (‘Honey, are we still in Vietnam? Are they Vietnamese?) and P. got even his ‘Happy Birthday’ song sang by the band with all those people staring at our table. They even took a flashy photo of us, which P. got at the end, framed in an ugly plastic thing, resembling a wooden frame. They too allowed us to bring our own bottle of wine, which at the end, wasn’t really composing well with our tasty dinner, but anyway it was really kind of them. A very positive experience, to be repeated when we are, well…60?
Most of the schools in Ho Chi Minh will be closed for the summer holiday by the middle of May, although some of them have final tests now, which leaves us off with less hours on our schedules. Goodbye letters and group photos, mode on. The below one is from Pieter’s students.