It's just the contrast with Ottawa that's a bit of a shock... So far we are coping quite well with the heat. It was only 28 degrees today, it might be 30 tomorrow.
Our highlight of the day: the traffic. There's no perfect way to describe it. You have to be in it, holding on for dear life, to understand the organized mess that are the Saigon streets. Cars and motorbikes and bicycles all rushing through. Motorbikes carrying an entire family. One of them holding a 5 month old baby under her right arm and a basket of EGGS in her left. Cyclists pushing or pulling loaded carts piled so high they can't even see where they're going unless they stand up.
|The first intersection I saw with lights. But they're more like guidelines anyways...|
|First meal in Vietnam. Dad already bit into some really spicy hot pepper. Yaouch!|
After a good jetlag siesta we went back to the hot, noisy, busy, crowded streets to go stop by the War Remnants Museum and leanr a bit more about Vietnam War.
|Quick stop at the War Remnants Museum. Very, very interesting and somewhat neutral information on the Vietnam War.|
|We went to see a funny, ingenious "Water Puppet Show"|
In the side street Barbeques and small, sketchy restaurants I can get a delicious dinner for 20,000-40,000 vietnamese dongs, which is 1-2 US dollars.
Yet this Huong Lai restaurant, friendly and clean thought it was, had dishes starting at 4 or 5 US dollars. This happens a lot with restaurants, shops, hostels, hotels and attractions that find their way in the Lonely Planet, Footprint, Le Guide du routard, le Petit Fute', Frommers, etc.
Ok bed time! Cu Chi Tunnels tomorrow!