The night before: Vietnam sounds dangerous. I better remove my earrings and be incredibly careful. I’m so scared of this country.
First hour on land: This is pretty quiet… These streets are not as scary as they said!
Second hour: Why is everything closed! [It’s the Tet Festival and everyone returns to their hometowns.] Who decides to bring a ship full of students to Vietnam when everything is closed?! [SAS, clearly.]
At the War Remnants Museum: Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Population: Americans.
At WE, a Vietnamese Restaurant: Oh look, PEOPLE! And food. Delicious food. Hey, can you eat rice paper?
Evening: The city is alive. Shops are opening.