Figurines and Final Company Visits

Hello Everybody, Yesterday was our last day of company visits, our last day with our amazing bus driver 007, and with our purple clad bus that looks like it was decorated by a grandma. The overwhelming feeling as I got off the bus today for the last time was that I did not want to…

Palaces and Ports

Hello Everybody, Today we got to do some fun stuff, including visiting the Cat Lai terminal and the independence palace- overall a very exciting day! The Cat Lai terminal is one of the largest ports in Vietnam, and certainly looked like it. There were seemingly endless rows of shipping containers, with cranes and other machinery…

A Long Day

Hello Everybody, Today was a very full day for us here in Ho Chi Minh City; we took to the streets and bargained at the Ben Tanh Market, we learned about Buddhism and visited a pagoda, and we visited the War Remnants Museum. The Ben Tanh Market is an indoor maze of bright colors, sounds,…

VinaCapital: Where I Learned How Much I Didn’t Know

Hello Everybody, Today we got to visit VinaCapital; VinaCapital is an investment firm that opened in 2003 that currently has 1.8 billion US dollars worth of shares currently. The company has several different funds which all invest in different areas, with varying degrees of liquidity. They have funds that invest in everything from development and…

The Other Side of the War

Hello Everybody, Today was a bit different than the other days on this trip so far, we visited the Cu Chi tunnels, and a cemetery for Vietnamese soldiers. The Cu Chi tunnels were used by the Vietnamese as a place to live, work, and fight their enemy (the US). They had kitchens, infirmeries, weapons rooms,…

Mother River and the Rice Basket

Hey everybody, So today we got to go visit the Me Kong Delta after hearing about it in almost every single lecture and conversation we had about Vietnam. The Me Kong Delta was in a word bountiful. Farmers grew lots of rice and coconuts, on the islands we visited we got to see all the…

A Bit of America In Ho Chi Minh

Hey everybody, Today was an especially exciting day for us here in Vietnam, because we got to visit the American Center, an office for the US Consulate. The American center is really interesting to look at with a huge American Flag decal on the wall, plush chairs, and lots of books and movies. These books…

Skyscrapers, Sun Burns and Shacks

Hey Everybody, Today was beach day for us, which meant we got to drive two hours from Ho Chi Minh to┬áVung Tau and along the way observe some pretty interesting communities. As we left Ho Chi Minh, the landscape slowly began to change, with more green areas interspersed with the tall modern looking buildings. There…

Glass Egg- the Coolest Company You’ve Never Heard of!

Hello Everyone, Today we got to visit Glass Egg Digital Media, a video game/3D art outsourcing company. They basically make photo realistic cars for almost every big racing game being produced currently, and they have started to move into making environments as well as cars. They have done work for a multitude of big name…

Fish for the First time in a Decade

Hey Everyone, Today, I ate fish for the first time in ten years in Vietnam! After language class and a development lecture at UEF we got into the bus and drove to Phu My Hung development’s New City Center and ate some very delicious food. I ate salmon and tuna rolls at the restaurant (I…

Fried Chicken Heads and Friendly Faces

Hello Everybody, Today, we got to go on a city tour of Ho Chi Minh and experience a bit of what this amazing city has to offer. It was very interesting driving down the roads here, not just because of the hundreds of motor bikes and the medical masks everyone wore. What really caught my…

From D.C. to Ho Chi Minh City and Back

  Hey everyone! I am very new to Blogging so I guess I will start by introducing myself. My name is Audrey Case, I was born and raised in Wilton Connecticut, and moved to Potomac, Maryland (~20 minutes outside of D.C.). I am currently a freshman in the Swanson School of Engineering with my major…

Meet Plus3 Vietnam 2017!

Welcome to the Vietnam Plus3 Study Abroad Program! During their two weeks in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, students will experience a dynamic mix of educational and cultural activities. Plus 3 participants will have the chance to be immersed into Vietnamese culture during the trip. The main academic portion of the Plus 3 program…