Looking at Perspective

Today, May 10th 2018, our day was filled with many different activities. We went back to UEF for a lecture on Vietnamese history and culture, and we also had another language class. During the language class, the teacher taught us numbers and had me count from 1 to 60 in front of the whole class. Although I’m sure I didn’t say any of the words correctly, she congratulated me after each syllable that came out of my mouth. By the time I got to 60, I think about 10 minutes of class time had passed by, and I was very mentally drained. After that, we ate lunch at McDonalds which ended up making me feel very tired in the afternoon. After some miscommunication, instead of visiting VinaCapital, we went to the Vietnam War Reminisce Museum to see the war from the Vietnamese perspective. I have to admit that I saw things in there that I cannot unsee, which is why I really do not want to go into much detail about it. I saw some quotes and disturbing images from Agent Orange and napalm strikes which has definitely made me contemplate how devastating the late 1960s to the early 1970s life was for the Vietnamese. After looking in the museum for about 30 minutes, I did not feel I needed to see anymore. With that being the low point of my day, I went with some friends to the 50th floor of the Bitexco Financial Tower which was rated the 5th most iconic building in the world. After seeing many awesome views, we went to explore more of Ho Chi Minh City culture and went to many different street food places. After a long day of activities, we went to Baskin Robins and had some ice cream and hung out at a nearby park. Reflecting back on this below average day, I know that I learned a lot of important information through different perspectives, and I am hopeful that tomorrow will be a better day.

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