Anthem #31: Vietnam

I thought Vietnam felt like the kind of a country that had been through war and then come out of it. There were lots of war monuments, but it had a peaceful feeling. I really loved the markets as they have lots of lanterns that give off a unique and festive feel. Another thing about the markets is that they are very maze-like and if you do not know where you are going, you will get lost. Vietnam also has lots of bridges and it is very spread out.  

One of the most famous bridges in Vietnam is the Dragon Bridge. It cost the Vietnamese government 1 trillion of its dollars to build it (about 88 million in US dollars).  At 10:00 pm on weekends the dragon bridge spits fire and water from each end!!! 

We had an amazing amount of media attention in Vietnam. At one point we were being interviewed by 10 newspapers and 4 TV stations at the sae time! Click below to watch one of the stories:

Canada is very green because of its flowers, trees and forests, but not as green as some places in Vietnam. Vietnam also has some of the most amazing beaches we have seen on our trip - almost as nice as the Bahamas. By the beach they also have something called Tam's pub and surf shop, a restaurant where Vietnamese war vets go when they want to go back to Vietnam because they are visiting Tam, who knew many of them in the war. Jimmy Buffet also went there when he went to Vietnam and there is a picture there to prove it.

Our friends here in Vietnam also organized an anthem singing event at a place called Asia Park.  Asia Park was crazy and it had lights every where. But that was not the amazing part: the amazing part was the anthem singing as it had so many performances before the actual anthem singing. Lots of these acts were very traditional to Vietnam. (I threw in a couple of photos along with the anthem singing). 

On to the village: the village was huge and it even had a separate kindergarten!!! We did the anthem singing with shirts with stars on them and it was cool. At every village, I interview one boy and I ask them at the end if they had one wish what would it be. The boy I interviewed at this village said his one wish would be: "Peace in the world". It think that it is very interesting because of Vietnam's history of war. Here is a picture of a woman who we saw in the market and would have lived through the Vietnam War:

Our friends here in Vietnam also organized an anthem singing event at a place called Asia Park.  Asia Park was crazy and it had lights every where. But that was not the amazing part: the amazing part was the anthem singing as it had so many performances before the actual anthem singing. Lots of these acts were very traditional to Vietnam. (I threw in a couple of photos along with the anthem singing). 

A special thanks to Trevor and Maya for organizing these events and Asia park for going through all the trouble of getting its sponsors to help out our mission!

Here is the anthem singing video:

 

Thanks for reading and watching!!!

Bye!!!