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…

Coconuts and a new scaly pal

The first thing I did after leaving the bus this morning was coat myself in sunscreen and bug spray. We were headed to the Mekong Delta, outside the limits of Ho Chi Minh City and a trip I’ve been looking forward to since the beginning. It lived up to expectations! In no particular order, today…

Getting in ship shape!

Have you ever been to a shipping port? I certainly hadn’t before visiting Cat Lai today. For one, I had never seen those cranes that are specifically designed to lift up shipping containers. Can I just say? Utterly cool to watch, but also, a little terrifying! I would be so worried to operate one of…

War and Bargaining

We did so much in such a short amount of time, I don’t know if I have the space to do any of it justice.  Instead, I think I’ll do this the hard way and focus on our visit to War Remnants Museum first. I don’t think there was anything I could’ve done to prepare…

Let’s go to the MALL!

Today we took a bus ride out to the province of Binh Duong. There, we rolled up onto the campus of VSIP (Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park) for our last two company visits. VSIP is my group’s focus company, so I had my game face on and notebook at the ready.  Our presenter was delightful. She…

Crawling Through History

Warning for all of those traveling to Vietnam: no matter how much water you drink, it’ll never be enough. I feel like I sweat out the same amount of liquid I drank. Despite this, our trip to the Cu Chi tunnels is a day I’ll never forget. I’m not a fan of small dark places….

Beaches and Fevers and Jesus, oh my!

Hi, everyone!  Quick update, I developed a fever two nights ago and so was out for the count all yesterday. Luckily, the people at Raffles Medical were fantastic. I feel a lot better after fever meds and some rest.  Today was a great day to get back in the swing of things! We took a…

Day bốn: we learned numbers!

I’m calling it now: I will never get tired of Vietnamese coffee. Between that and the food, it’s taking all of my self-restraint to keep from emptying my wallet. Today’s lunch was at Cocochin Foodcourt. The unique setup of the food court allowed us to chose from a variety of dishes. There were some staples,…

Day 3 Was Eggcellent

It’s Wednesday! Every time I think Saigon can’t get any more beautiful, I end up being blown away by another view. C’mon, Saigon, if you keep being this incredible I’ll never want to leave. Our lecture on the urbanization and economic development of Saigon really gave context to the city’s skyline. The professor was extremely…

Diacritic marks who??

Second day in Vietnam, let’s go!! Lesson update: I don’t think I’m getting much better at Vietnamese, but I certainly am learning a lot! I loved the morning presentation on the Mekong Delta. I now know how important the Mekong is to Vietnam’s economy and culture. I’d love to visit a floating market one day,…

Whole New Country, Four New Phrases

First off, I had no idea how exhausting 30 hours of travel would feel. It’s something I definitely had to go through to understand; after leaving that last airport terminal I never wanted to see another plane again! But today’s events pushed all thoughts of 14 hour flights out of my head. In one word,…

Day 0: Xin chào!

Hi everyone! My name is Julia Mascho, and I’m a freshman environmental engineering student here at Pitt. When I’m not doing schoolwork, I’m probably writing or drawing. In the future, I aim to design environmental policy. I can also picture myself sampling streams and sediment across Pennsylvania. In my free time, I want to foster…

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…