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…

Sing Along in the Mekong

Today we took a day trip to visit the Mekong Delta. From the mainland, we traveled on a boat to visit the other islands in the Mekong and see their culture. On the first island, we tried various fruits I’ve never seen before and got to listen to cultural music. We also got to try…

Ports ‘n Sorts

Today we visited Cat Lai Terminal which is one of the largest shipping ports in Vietnam. The freight is tracked through a control center. Ships carry cargo imported from many countries and are scheduled to deliver cargo at specific times. All transactions are kept track in the control center which is where all operations are…

Why did none of the shops take Panther Funds?

Today we went to the Ben Tanh Market where I got to practice my bargaining skills. I’m not sure if I got scammed or not but I negotiated my way to getting a souvenir at half its original price. The last time I tried bargaining was when I was 15 in the Dominican Republic and…

THIS is engineering.

Today we had to get up an hour earlier than normal at 7:30 to head to a packed day. We had two company visits. One being VSIP which is a company that makes industrial parks, and the other being II-VI which is a manufacturing company that I was assigned to do research for before leaving…

Cu Chi Cu Chi Coo

Today we went to the Cu Chi Tunnel System. These tunnels are where the Vietnamese soldiers would set up camp in including infirmaries, dining halls, and living corridors. The tunnels are labyrinths, they were designed to trick the US soldiers if they were ever able to find them. They are hard to locate as the…

I saw Jesus today

Today we had to get up at 6 am to go to the Vung Tau resort. It was a three hour drive but it went by really fast surprisingly. We stopped along the way there and I picked up some bang bao which is one of my favorite Vietnamese foods. On our drive to the…

Back in the US! … sorta

Today we got to sleep in an hour later than normal which really helped me recharge from the last two days. After breakfast we went to the consulate which was unexpectedly above a mall. There, we listened to the Consulate General talk about what a consulate does. He explained how they démarche messages from their…

Nighttime stroll in Ho Chi Minh

This morning we started off my heading to UEF where we had a history and culture lesson. I thought it was interesting learning about the territorial disputes between the north and the south and reviewing what happened in the war. It was also cool to learn about the Vietnamese culture that was developed after the…

Is Glass Egg hiring?

After breakfast, we headed to UEF to learn about contemporary Vietnam and its architectural heritage. It was interesting to learn about the history of Vietnam’s leadership and what Vietnam hopes to accomplish in the near future in regards to creating a “smart city”, which is a vision of a city with less pollution, affordable housing,…

Phu My Hung is Disney World Vietnam

The breakfast here is phenomenal. Each day I stuff my plate with all the different foods I want to try, but it’s sad because I get full before I can try everything. It’s nice to have something to look forward to after waking up at 7 am. After breakfast, we headed to UEF for a…

I’m gonna lei it on you, Ho Chi Minh City’s pretty cool.

Today we got to meet the students form University of Economics and Finance that we heard so much about from last years students. It was amazing how hospitable they were and it definitely caught me off guard. The people I met were amazing and it was incredibly fun getting to know them, doing the icebreakers,…

Meet Plus3 Vietnam 2019!

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