Day 11: Office Parks and Roman Numerals

To start, I’d like to say that this is my final blog post of the trip. Writing these each day has been a nice way to reflect on my experiences, and I’m certain that some day I’ll look back on them and remember Vietnam. We met at 8AM today to go to Vietnam Singapore Industrial…

Day 10: A whole lot of crates

I woke from my bus ride nap as we arrived at Cat Lai Terminal, one of the largest ports in Vietnam. Once we arrived, we were taken into a classroom where a guide taught us about Vietnamese ports and why they matter to the country. Vietnam has a coastline of around 3,000 kilometers, so it’s appropriate…

Day 9: Bartering, Buddhas, and Bombs

Today was maybe our busiest day of the trip. It started off with a trip to the Ben Tanh Market where we bartered for goods. I shopped around and bought a couple t-shirts and a watch. Personally, I thought I was a pretty good negotiator. The two t-shirts were cheap from the start so I…

Day 8: Big words and Big Opportunity

Today, we visited VinaCapital, the investment management company that I am presenting on. We had a bit of a sleep in before meeting at 9:45AM to head over. The office we had our meeting in had a beautiful view of the city, including over the main square where we had been a few nights before….

Day 7: Hello from the other side

A two hour bus ride after breakfast took us to the Cu Chi tunnels. The tunnels were used by the Vietcong during the Vietnam War to evade and attack US troops. Construction of the tunnels began in the late 40s and ended in the early 70s. Together, the tunnels totaled around 250 kilometers in length….

Day 6: Just around the Mekong Riverbend

Today we visited the Mekong River, something we’ve talked a lot about already. A two hour bus ride led us to the river that, if we went farther north, would be full of dams. These dams have hurt the wildlife in the river and the people living around it. Furthermore, rising sea levels has brought salt…

Day 5: What if…

What if I pursued a job as a foreign service officer? This is not a new question to me, and it came up again today when we visited the US Consulate. A slightly later meeting time (8:15AM) after breakfast was followed by my favorite lecture of the trip thus far: a history lesson. I learned…

Day 4: Chillin’ with Jesus

The day started off with meeting at 6AM to go to Vung Tau, a beach resort town on the coast of the South China Sea. We got there after a 2 hour bus ride and then went to climbing Jesus. On the bus ride, I spent my time looking at the window at the changing…

Day 3: Glass Egg pho sure was cool

The day started off with breakfast, and then a lecture on the Mekong River Delta. We read about the river’s struggles with global warming and dam construction before coming, so all of that was not a surprise. I was amazed though by how large of an impact it has on the region. So much of…

Day 2: Phu My Hung up on how cool Vietnam is!

One of the things I didn’t expect in Ho Chi Minh City was number of sky scrapers and the vastness of the city. Today, I learned about how the city came to be, and about what urban development is going on right now at Phu My Hung. After breakfast, we went to UEF to hear…

Day One: Red Banners, Tall Buildings, and New Food

The first day in Vietnam was kind of surreal. I’ve been to several places in Europe, the Caribbean, and Israel. But this side of Asia was so unique to me, it took me a while to fully realize that I wasn’t in some dream; this was real. I’ve studied Asian cultures in text books and…

Post ‘Namber One

Hello and welcome to my blog! I’m Steven Field, and long story short, I’m going to Vietnam! I’m from Ambler, Pennsylvania, but if you ask me in person I’d just tell you I’m from Philly. I came to Pitt this past August with business and marketing in mind. However, similar to lots of freshman, I really…

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…