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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 [...]

87 and Beautiful

What a trip so far. I am blogging right now after some of the longest travel days of my life. After spending 32 hours traveling, it has been great to spread out over Ho Chi Minh City and really explore. A group of us decided to not sleep this morning after we got in so [...]

Tales from Saigon

So, we have officially had our first day in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon.  The trip here was quite frustrating, complete with with a 7 hour delay in the O’Hare Airport, a missed connecting flight in Hong Kong, and pretty bad airplane food. But we finally made it here at 5 AM on [...]

“Augustana College Welcome to Vietnam”

Hey Everyone! It is finally here the first big post from Vietnam. We finally got in to the hotel last night around 5 am after some more than minor delays at the airport. We were initially scheduled to depart around noon, so we boarded plane just after 11:30 and got settled. After waiting on the [...]

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 [...]

Bags are packed…ready to go?

So it is finally here, the big night before departure post! Like most Vietnam Term students I am oscilating back and forth between nervous and excited. I have checked my bag for the third time now, even re-weighed and remeasured to make sure I was within in restrictions. So, am I prepared? Technically – yes, [...]

Last Day At Augie

Today is my last day on campus before flying out tomorrow at noon for Vietnam. I’ve learned so much already about this country, but I cannot wait to see it with my own eyes. Last night I was packing and going back over my journal from East Asian Term. That journal was good, but I’m [...]

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 [...]

So Long U.S.A.

So take off is less than two days away, and I have never thought it was possible to have this many emotions at once.  I am nervous, anxious, and excited all at the same time… but I am thinking that this may be a pretty normal reaction to international travel. I have never flown internationally [...]