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Ga Ran Kentucky and More

This week has been pretty amazing so far. On Wednesday we went to the Cu Chi tunnels and the main Cao Dai Temple here in Vietnam. The Temple was a really interesting experience because we got to see the midday worship service. See, Cao Dai’sts are sort of a hybrid of Buddhism, Catholicism, and a couple other [...]

The First Week

Our first week here in Saigon is coming to an end so quickly.  But it has been such a good time.  Though there has been a lot that we have done, I will try not to ramble about it all! Probably our most interesting day was when we visited the Cao Dai Temples and the [...]

Hello Uncle Ho

Hey Everyone, at long last another post. Well we have been in Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City for several days now and I must say aside from a cold I am adjusting quite well. We have done so much in the past few days, and as always I am a little short on time [...]

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 [...]

Going Broke…30 cents at a time

Taking full advantage of our increasingly hotter temperatures we have been fully packing our weekends with trips to Sydney’s local beaches, the petting zoo, aquarium and the Blue Mountains. One of my favorite beaches here in Sydney is Manly Beach.  Our beach days are generally start with me lugging around my enormous surf board through [...]

Aussie Animals!

  The 3 Sisters

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 [...]