More Bitter Than Sweet

I’ve been here twice, yet barely scratched the surface.  As I prepare to leave, my mind and soul desperately wonder if I have done enough.  Have I lived and breathed?  Have I left the tiniest of marks on the city?

I spent the day at the art museum and the War Remnants Museum.  I also found time to have some ice coffee and Bahn mi.

At the art museum, I came across a photography exhibition.  The pictures were absolutely stunning.  I wish I could buy prints to hang on my wall.  Sadly none were for sale.  I had to settle for a coffee table book.  Luckily, the artist was present at the exhibition.  He signed my book and took a photo with me.

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The art museum is housed in three old French colonial buildings.  It has a collection of ancient art and some modern paintings.

The War Remnants Museum, while displaying some capture equipment, was really more about the horrors of war.

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Difficult at times, but definitely important to visit.  I was especially impressed by the exhibit of different anti war protests that had waged around the world.  From TV and movies, I knew about the protests in the USA, but very little about them in other countries.

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I have always found that the stickers they give you for attendance to museums or art galleries, really fail to adhere to damp (ahem…sweaty) clothes.  I think I have found an alternative.

The final dinner was a delicious sea bass, spring rolls and some 333 beer.

I made a run to the convenience store to pick up a few treats with the last of my Vietnamese Dong.

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I have an early flight to Korea.

Goodbye Saigon

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About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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3 Responses to More Bitter Than Sweet

  1. Heide says:

    I can so perfectly relate to the feelings you describe in your first paragraph, Anthony — and the answer (for me, anyway) is always “no.” Even in 10 lifetimes I could not get my fill of my favorite places! But the important thing is that you were present there in the moment you *did* have, and that you made the most of your time in Saigon. So … on to Korea, then! Can’t wait to see what the new leg of your adventure will bring.

  2. leggypeggy says:

    Ah Korea—a place I haven’t been YET! Enjoy.

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