Sunday, July 11, 2010
While bowling we get smoothies or shakes. Here Pearce is drinking all three at the same time. He turns to us and says "Guess where your drinks are?" We reply, "where?". Pearce says with a devilish grin, "In my tummy!"
Saturday, July 10, 2010
The weather in Saigon has been pretty much the same everyday. Its nice in the morning with occasional sun, then usually cloudy, hot and humid till the torrential rains come down cooling the air by 10-20 degrees. It rains so hard that we can't even see the buildings across the street. Thank goodness for the rainy season or it would be humid like Hanoi, all the time. Since it rains every afternoon or evening we rarely get to witness a beautiful Vietnamese sunset. But on this night we did.
Monday, July 5, 2010
In District 1 sits the Reunification Hall, also right down the street from us. Formerly known as the Presidential Palace, it was built in 1869 as the Palace for the Governor-General of Indochina. The structure of the building is in the shape of the Chinese character representing good fortune. Once the French withdrew in the 1950's, the building became the palace for the South Vietnamese President. On April 30, 1975, Communist tanks smashed through the gates as a symbolic act to their victory over the Southern Vietnamese Government. If you've ever seen a documentary or TV show on the Vietnam War, you've seen that footage.