A Hard Goodbye? More like a “See You Later”

Leaving Vietnam was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. When people say they fall in love with countries, I always sloughed them off, believing it to be only a temporary thing stemmed from the excitement in traveling. Man, was I wrong. I can tell you this, I fell in love with Vietnam….

Final Blog Post

The Plus3 Vietnam program was a truly amazing time. Going into the program I hoped to broaden my view of the world and learn about a culture that was completely foreign to me. I was not sure if I would like it or not, but I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn,…

Goodbye Vietnam

Unfortunately, our amazing trip to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam has come to an end. It was an amazing two weeks, and I learned a lot over the time spent there. Had I not received the Plus3 Study Abroad Scholarship from the Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarships, I am not sure I would have been…

Day 11: The Mekong

Today we visited the Mekong Delta, the end of the mighty Mekong River, the region of crisscrossing streams that make up the rice basket of Southeast Asia. After a two hour bus ride we hopped onto a boat floating on the choppy tan water. Out first stop was to a small establishment where we were…

Good(bye) Vietnam

As I write this final blog post back at home instead of in the blazing Vietnamese heat, I have time to reflect on how amazing this trip was. Two weeks have never gone by so fast, it feels like just yesterday all the students in our group were getting to know each other in a…

Day 11-5/17/2018-Mekong Delta

Today’s trip on the Mekong Delta was on of my favorite of the trip. After a two hour bus ride we got on a boat which took us to an island where we ate fruit and listened to traditional Vietnamese music. I got to try a fruit called jackfruit which was cool for me to…

Already Missing It

It’s surreal to me that 2 entire weeks have already passed. Sitting on the plane home alone right now is crazy because I feel like I was just on the plane to Vietnam 3 days ago. Looking back on the trip, I am so incredibly lucky to have gone through this amazing experience. Throughout the…

Lasting Effects

Today, May 20th 2018, I am at home writing my last blog post about the Vietnam study abroad trip. After putting in some time and thought about the trip overall, I have realized that I have developed many different transferable skills. My time management skills have improved, my work ethic has increased, and my ability…

Day 12-5/18/2-18-Final Blog Post

Plus 3 Vietnam was one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of my life. I got to see the operations of a variety of different businesses and see how they each played a role in the development of Vietnam. I also got to meet and interact with a variety of Vietnamese people and places,…

Last Day – 5/19 – Farewell Vietnam :(

My experience on the Plus3 Vietnam trip cannot be described by any single word. Eye-opening, inspiring, exciting, and one-of-a-kind are just a few of the many adjectives that I would use to describe this trip. I loved every minute of my adventures here, and I tried plenty of new things along the way. Despite staying…

Mekong Delta

Today, we visited the Mekong Delta. We took a boat out on the water where we stopped at several different islands. On the first island, we tried some local fruits (including jackfruits and mangoes) while listening to some traditional Vietnamese music. At this point, we had barely arrived at the Delta but I was already…

05/17/18: The Mekong Delta

On our trip to the Mekong Delta, we were able to see a part of Vietnam that is different from Ho Chi Minh city and the area surrounding it. The delta region is obviously far more rural than the massive urban center that it is Ho Chi Minh City but it accounts for much of…

Don’t Rock the Boat

Today, as you can probably gather from some punny or more straightforward blog titles, we ventured to the Mekong Delta. Prior to our trip, and within our lecture last week, we read and discussed the looming threats of the Mekong Delta – such as the salinization of the water and the building of dams upstream….

Checking off the Bucket List

Day 11, second to last day in Vietnam and I could not have asked for a better day. Today was about nature and culture, my absolute favorite things. We visited the Mekong Delta and got to do everything I could have asked for from a cultural experience. It began with the boat. We got on…

Mekong River Delta

Today, we visited the Mekong river delta which is south of Ho Chi Minh city. The Mekong delta is extremely important to Vietnam as it is the area where most of their rice is grown. Also, the delta serves as important fishery. However, there are many issues with countries damning the river and this allows…

Jungle Adventure

Today, May 17th 2018, we took a trip to the Mekong Delta about two hours from Ho Chi Minh City. The weather was hot and very humid, but it was not unbearable because the boat we were on had a roof. We started by traveling across the water and reached the area that provided a…

Day 11: Me and the Mekong

Today was my favorite day so far! It started out with a long bus ride to get to the Mekong Delta. I was nervous to be spending a whole day out in the sun on the water, but it was way better than I expected! Luckily today was one of the coolest days since we’ve…

Chi11in on an Island

Snakes, Bees, and Shrimp! OH MY! It’s Delta day! Four hours out on the water and walking around beautiful islands is what vacation is all about. Oh, wait… this is study abroad & that would explain why I’m laying in bed all sweaty and gross writing a blog post instead of swimming in a pool…

Day 11: All I Can Say is Wow

Today was the best day yet, no doubts about it, and I’m saying this before karaoke tonight so it can only get better. We traveled to the Mekong Delta, which was a huge change of scenery from Ho Chi Minh City. It was the first day we got to see what rural Vietnam was like,…

Slithering Through the Mekong Delta

Today’s adventure was centered around a trip to the Mekong Delta, south of Ho Chi Minh City. After a long bus ride our group slathered on sunscreen and bug spray as we boarded a boat in the Mekong River. As I usually suffer from motion sickness I was very nervous for this trip but the…