I spent the weekend going back to square one; back to where I started my life in Ho Chi Minh City. Let me back up a bit; I’ve been living out in a ‘suburb’ district for the last 6 months. Even though I have to come into the ‘city center’ (District 1) a few days a week, it’s not the same as living in District 1. Think Stanton Island vs. Manhattan. However, I started my time in Ho Chi Minh City exactly one year ago in the heart of the city; the backpacker district. I cowered in my little guest house hotel room a bit scared to go outside into the noise and chaos that was going to be my new home for the next year.
I spent this last weekend back in the backpacker district hanging out with some of my friends, ESL teachers, whom I started this adventure with. It was a walk down memory lane…one where I realized just how far I had come.
Some things were the same – old men with beautiful Vietnamese young girls, chaotic traffic going every which way, people begging you to come into their bars, kids playing out in the street with toilet paper on a stick and toy guns. Tons of video stores selling the latest movies that came out last week for a dollar. Knock off everything – paintings, purses, clothing; all flanked by souvenir shops. Oh and how can I forget the familiar sound of men driving around on their bikes shaking a metal ‘rattle’ advertising ‘massage’
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