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Saigon

Part 2. My parents arrived with all the goodies. We ate maybe a pound of cheese yesterday, finished most of the homemade choc chip cookies and Kelly has put a good dent into the Goldfish. I don’t really touch those after they were WAY too freely available from my employer for several yars.

Anyway, the Vietnamese food is awesome as well. It is so good to be here and be eating great food and it is cheaper or as cheap as Las and Cambodia. We spent $10 bucks last night on dinner for 4 including a few beers. Dinner on the street – we love it. It was all delicious.

Today we went to the Cu Chi Tunnels, which is one place with extensive VC tunnels. Wow. Talk about a lot of anti_american propoganda. We followed that with a visit to the War Remnants museum, which had another good dose of Anti-Americanism. It is funny out apparently South Vietnam wasn’t involved in the war according to the North Vietnamese.

It is interesting to see all of this and a little hard to take, but you have to keep an open mind and take it for what it is and realize that the south vietnamese probably don’t appreicate it either, but what can you do. It is  an experience….

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