Hẹn gặp lại

Last blog post. I’ve been putting this one off. Summing up the last two weeks? From stepping off the bus with a lei thrown around my neck to adjusting my ao dai as we took photos at the farewell dinner – I don’t think I have nearly enough words to mark my experiences. Luckily, I…

Can We Go Back?

               It hasn’t even been a week, but I’m already missing everything and everybody in Ho Chi Minh city. Plus3 was truly the opportunity of a lifetime; I couldn’t have asked for more. I was able to learn so much about both globalization/development in Vietnam and Vietnamese history and culture in a short amount of…

Feels like a Dream

It’s almost been about a week since I’ve been back at home. I’ve been reflecting on the whole trip and enjoying the good memories and friends that I made. It doesn’t even feel that long ago when I stepped off the bus and got a lei put around my neck at UEF. Now 3 weeks…

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The day began with a trip to the Cat Lai terminal, Vietnam’s largest commercial international port, where we visited the Saigon Newport Corporation, a military backed terminal operator, ranked 21st in the world according to themselves. We were met with gracious hosts who educated on the world of overseas shipping, logistics, and port operation. We…

This Can’t Be It, Can It?

As my time in Vietnam drew to a close, there was very little that I could articulate about the impact it had on me. First and foremost, I believe that entering Plus3 with as little amount of expectations as possible allowed me to get the most out of my two weeks, as every experience was…

Goodnight Vietnam

One word that sums up my experience: Really cool. All jokes aside, I am so happy I went on this trip. I am proud of the numerous times I left my comfort zone, whether eating fish eyes or sipping tea next to bees or climbing in a cramped tunnel. I will give examples of three…

It’s Over?

Am I happy to be home? Yes. Do I wish I was back in Vietnam exploring more of the country? Definitely. From the welcome ceremony to getting on the bus back to the airport to go home, UEF student and staff gave us the best experience in the country I could have asked for. The…

The Trip of a Lifetime

            My past two weeks in Vietnam hold some of the most memorable experiences of my life. From meeting new friends to trying new foods, this trip has left me with a newfound outlook on myself as well as the world. Immersing myself in a completely different culture was definitely intimidating at first, however I…

That’s a Wrap, or is it a Spring Roll?

After finishing up the trip with final presentations, sports day, and a very long trip home, it’s finally hitting me that this experience is over. It was 2 weeks of learning about the business world both in and out of Vietnam, tech developments happening in the country, and Vietnamese culture and history. It was nothing…

Hẹn Gặp Lại, Vietnam!

The title translates to “See you again, Vietnam!” and I truly believe I will. Vietnam challenged me in ways I had I never encountered before and ultimately gave me a new appreciation for my life, especially air conditioning. If I were to explain everything I took away from this experience, this post would turn into…

Day 12: Now That We’ve Saigon :(

The past two weeks in Vietnam have honestly been incredible. From meeting countless new friends, both Vietnamese and American, to breathtaking sights and deliciously unique eats, there is so much to miss about the trip. Visiting several large companies gave us great insight into Vietnam’s economy and it’s role in the larger world economy, while…

Hẹn gặp lại Vietnam!

The past two weeks in Vietnam became the part of my life that I will never forget. Through this trip, I was able to make a lot of lifelong friends, both from Pitt and UEF, and experienced many things that I would never have otherwise. I was able to witness how a country goes through…

For the Better. Forever.

“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same. Feels the same. Even smells the same. You realized what’s changed is you.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald Truer words have never been spoken. I embarked on this journey to Vietnam with the intent of finding something, and that is exactly what I have…

Hẹn Gặp Lại Vietnam!

After more than 72 hours in the United States, I’ve slowly become adjusted to my normal way of living again. No more photos, no more pointing, and not nearly as many inquisitive stares. As much as I found the attention to be flattering, it’s been nice to go to the grocery store without someone taking…

The Magnificent Mekong

               Today was somewhat of a change of pace as we spent the day traveling through the Mekong Delta. We first took a boat across the river to a smaller island. Here, we got to try tropical fruits and hear traditional music of the region. Afterwards, we got to try tea made with locally produced…

A Day in the Delta

The morning part of the day was filled with a bus ride that took about an hour and a half to two hours. Although this was somewhat long, the drive was worth it, as we were able to spend the day in the Mekong Delta.             Before travelling to Vietnam, we learned a lot about…

Boats, Bees, and a Big Bony Fish

Today was another early morning with a long bus ride to catch up on some Z’s. When we arrived at our destination, we immediately got off the bus and onto a tourism boat to take us out onto the Mekong River. The view from the river onto the shoreline was gorgeous, but the water was…

Day 11: Small Boats and Big Snakes

Today we traveled to the Mekong Delta to experience what it was like to live in a less developed area of the country. The min reason it is less developed is because it is the center for farming and fishing in the country due to the geographical location. Since this area is less developed than…

Slithering Success

Our final adventure had us on the bus at 8 this morning. We began the trek south from the city to the Mekong River Delta region. The delta is critical to the production of food, fish, and other resources in Vietnam. The soil is incredibly fertile, which is due to the sediments in the river….

Today had us Swamped

Today began with yet another trip outside the city to the Mekong Delta. We took our bus directly to the river side where we then boarded a boat to visit multiple islands among the delta. We began our tour at a small farm where people grew rice and different kinds of fruit to sell.              …