The worldwide Augustana College experience

Hello! My name is Emily Hetzner, and I am a senior majoring in international business, management and French. I am from Palatine, Illinois, and will be participating in Augustana’s first foreign term to Vietnam. Traveling to Vietnam will allow me to exit my comfort zone and explore something completely foreign to me. While I believe it will be challenging and maybe even a little bit scary at times, I am eager to immerse myself in the Vietnamese culture and make the most out of this wonderful opportunity!

Greetings from Hue!

On the 11th we left Saigon for Hue. We took a fairly small plane and it was a pretty rough landing! Luckily, we made it! Our hotel in Hue is absolutely amazing–as the slogan says, it definitely “exceeds expectations!” For those who are curious, you can check it out at: http://www.camellia-hotels.com.vn/¬†. Although I absolutely love [...]

So long Saigon; Hue here we come!

Hello! This past weekend was spent traveling to the Mekong Delta. Words cannot even describe what I saw and experienced. The weather was perfect (high 80s) and we were able to take a boat ride up and down the river. We saw the floating markets, where all of this fresh produce is sold. We also [...]

Some more adventures in HCMC

It has been a busy couple of days since my last post. In only three days Vietnam has already completely exceeded my expectations. On our first full day we headed to the Presidential Palace. We were able to tour the building and see a lot of rooms where important people met during the war. I [...]

Destination: HCMC

Well, after a day and a half of traveling our¬†group has finally arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam! We all arrived at O’Hare nervous and ready to board our 12:20 flight to Hong Kong. After sitting on the plane for two hours, however, we were informed that not only was a tire broken, the [...]

Goodbye Augustana!

Well here I am, two days before my long-awaited departure to Vietnam! I really don’t know how I am feeling right now. It almost feels unreal that in under 72 hours I will be in Ho Chi Minh City with the rest of my class. When I think about the trip itself I am extremely [...]