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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…

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.              …

Remnants of Suffering

We began the day in a mad rush to UEF. Due to the long previous day, everyone was understandably tired and a few had woken up slightly late. Unfortunately, the trend of long days continued as we had almost five activities planned for the day. The first being a lesson on Buddhism, a generally ubiquitous…

Lovely Laser Lightshow

Waking up today was a hard task, as the long trip had taken a large physical and mental toll on everyone, not to mention the slight apprehension felt by having to visit two new sites in a day. We had a slightly longer trip than normal towards the bình dương province of Ho Chi Minh…

Two Bros Chilling in a Cold Tub

I woke up today at 4:45 am, after a restless sleep fearing I’d miss the 6 o’clock departure of the bus on our beach trip to Vũng Tàu. Fortunately, I did not miss the bus, as we filled the charter and set out to exit the confines of Ho Chi Minh city. The morning traffic…

Finding my Backup Career

Our visit to the United States consulate brought us to the center of the city, at the site where the United States embassy used to stand. The difference? An embassy is usually located at the capital of a foreign country, whereas a consulate can be located elsewhere. We met with two officers, one in public…

The World’s Least Satisfying Fried Chicken

The day began with a gathering of the usual suspects at breakfast. Our conglomeration of bleary-eyed students had occupied an entire corner of the restaurant, much to the disdain of a singular guest who had the misfortune of sitting in between two tables full of chatty and loud American students. Today’s lecture at UEF on…

Tales of Reconstruction and Creation

The new day in Vietnam was marked by the abnormal presence of police vehicles barreling past the Victory Hotel.  As their sirens wailed down the street, us students sat together to reminisce upon the previous day’s events. Our interactions with the host Vietnamese students had definitely brought us closer as friends as we shared stories…

Deltas, Dams, and Development

As my second night in Vietnam drew to a close, I lay in my unexpectedly short bed, contemplating the action-packed day I had just experienced slowly lulling myself to sleep. I awoke on the second day of my trip here in Vietnam around 5:30 in the morning, again. Although I had hoped to get more…

30 Hours of Traveling Later

My first day in Vietnam opened me up to a world of fun and new experiences. Waking up at 5:30am just to try the breakfast bar at the Victory Hotel ended being worth the effort as my roommate and I were the first to arrive to the restaurant, thus having our pick of food, and…

*Insert Vietnam pun here*

I’m Lorenzo Monteil. I’m writing this to fulfill my requirements as a participant of plus3 Vietnam. There isn’t much to introduce here, but to put it concisely: Personally, I lived in LA(the city, not the state) most of my life, on standardized tests I fill out the “multiple ethnicities” bubble, I know enough Spanish to…

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…