Still in Saigon

By Dave Fox
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

After I wrote this blog post, Aki and Sofia talked me into a bus trip outside the city.

I met a nice Finnish couple this afternoon in the bar across the street from my hotel. When they found out I was a writer, Aki, the male half of the twosome, asked when my stories from this trip will be on my blog.

“I meant to be blogging a lot more than I have been,” I said, “but I’ve been so busy.”

“Yeah,” Aki smirked, looking at my beer. “Busy.”

But seriously… this trip has been delightfully chaotic. I’ve been shipwrecked in the Mekong River, rescued from the jungle after dark on a motorbike, I’ve taught impromptu English lessons in a local park… and this afternoon I had a beer.

“Finnish people usually miss their saunas when they’re on vacation,” Aki said, “but this entire city is a sauna.”

Not really. Saunas are dry. Saigon is  thick with humidity. Also, most saunas do not contain a trillion motorbikes driving simultaneously in random directions.

The city has an addictive energy — so much that I keep extending my stay here and shaving another day off of Hong Kong on my return home. But I fly back to Hong Kong Friday and on to Seattle Saturday. Details are coming soon about all of the above stories… except probably the beer, which is refreshing but not nearly as interesting as my Honda scooter jungle evacuation incident.

Published on Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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