Monday, March 16, 2015

Travel summary

​Xin chao! After eleven incredible days in Vietnam and Cambodia, and a few traveling mishaps, we are finally headed back to the United States. Needless to say, we've had some great experiences. From boating on Ha Long Bay to touring the Angkor Wat and Thom temples, we've had some adventures that will stick in our memories. We even tried some exotic foods (like rat, dog, and crickets) that we never would have otherwise.

Over the past two weeks we have learned more than we ever could have in a classroom. In particular, the farm tours that we were able to go on were very enlightening. It's amazing to compare the U.S. and Vietnamese agricultural production systems and realize how much the Vietnamese people are able to accomplish despite their lack of technology.

Not only was this an educational experience, but we also had the chance to immerse ourselves in Vietnamese culture. This included tours of their markets and perfecting our bartering skills with the shopkeepers. We experienced a wide variety of delicious local foods and were able to view the beautiful sights of Hanoi and Saigon through walking tours. Somehow we survived dodging the crazy drivers and became experts at crossing the streets!

This trip has been a great combination of agriculture and cultural visits. We've had an incredible experience this spring break and have become a close group as we navigated our way across the world and back. It's sad to leave, but we're happy to be coming home!

Selena Yakabe and Stephanie Perkins


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