I’m coming at you live from Hanoi this gorgeous morning! Amir has work here for a few days & then a long weekend at the end of this week, so we thought we would make a trip out of Vietnam and do some exploring. Ever since we moved to SE Asia, Amir has had Vietnam on his “must visit” list and with the timing working out so perfectly, we finally get to make his “Good morning, Vietnam” dreams come true!
On Saturday morning (yep, again with that ridiculous 4 am wake up call & 7 am flight stuff), we hopped up out of bed and made our way to the airport so we could get to Ho Chi Minh for the weekend.
As many of y’all know Ho Chi Minh played a heavy part of the Vietnam War against America and I’ll be totally honest right now to say that I just don’t know much about the history of the war because I have never been a history buff. That being said, being in Ho Chi Minh for the last two days was a seriously humbling experience.
Having learned American history and always knowing that side of the story, it was very interesting to get the perspective from the other side in the war. The amount of machinery that was available to our military vs what was available to the Vietnamese is crazy and to hear the gruesome details of what both sides went through just makes my heart heavy. So many casualties, so much destruction and yet somehow, at the end of it all, Vietnam & the USA have been able to build their relationship and move past the terrible things they both did. It’s all mind-boggling for me.
Amir & I were staying in the Backpackers Area on Bui Vien at this super cute hotel called Duc Vuong which had this awesome rooftop bar / restaurant! Since we were kind of dead tired by the time we arrived in the morning, we figured a trip to the rooftop for some coffee would be a good idea before we were off for the day!