Day 2 + 3
Wandering the streets of Ho Chi Minh City is always very interesting, we are all fairly open to trying new things so we were all really excited to ty authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
Fish sauce, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables are all important ingrediants; most of which are usually used when cooking. Lemongrass, mint, Vietnamese mint, long coriander and Thai basil leaves ad and amazing explosion of flavor in the food. Of course the most important part to any meal would the fresh pork, chicken, fish, and seafood. Bánh hỏi, Bún chả, and Cao lầu, are popular dishes which we all tried and enjoyed very much!
We finally stopped procrastinating and went to the War Remnants Museum located in District 3. It disgusts me to think that there are people in this world that would purposely want to inflict such distruction and manipulation in this world. It's all split up into several different rooms. There was one that was filled with military equipment, we even saw a A-1 attack bomber. There were also graphic photographs of the effect of agent orange (a herbicide and defoliant that resulted in 400,000 deaths and dissabilities, and also 500,000 birth defects due to agent orange.) Which reminds me... there were 3 jars of fetuses that were deformed due to agent orange. We even saw a guillontine which apparently was last used in 1960!!!
I have to admit after that I'm very thankful and appreciative to live in a country like Canada. Well after that we decided that we would go to the Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre. It was originally built by the French as an Opera House, and is a fantastic example of French Colonial Architecture. We'll be posting some pictures of this beautiful Opera House. It is host to a variety of events like; concerts, operas, and ballets. It is also known as the Saigon Opera House. You should have seen Downnie's excitement. She's never experienced a live performance like this before. If you every pass through Ho Chi Minh City you must go see it! Even if you aren't interesting in performing arts, you must go see it!