An evening stroll on Christmas Eve in Bien Hoa, Viet Nam

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The streets were all lite up.
I was surprised at all the lights. This is a very long street and there were lights like this for at least a couple kilometers.
The staff of a newly opened bar. They were posing under a fake snowfall, but it didn't show up in the photo.
The staff of a newly opened bar. They were posing under a fake snowfall, but it didn’t show up in the photo.

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AH! my favorite meal: stuff-on-a-stick. It was served with a lot of vegetables, including some pickled veggies that reminded me of kimchi.
Ah! my favorite meal: stuff-on-a-stick. It was served with a lot of vegetables, including some pickled veggies that reminded me of Korean kim chi. There are few westerners in Bien Hoa, so if you sit down to eat, you can expect people to come up to you to talk, practice their English. Often, they only know “hello” and “how are you?” But the smiles are genuine.
And this is the woman who deep fried my stuff on a stick.
And this is the woman who deep fried my stuff on a stick. You grab a plate and fill it with whatever she has that you want to eat. Then hand it back to her to fry.
This gentleman made me a fresh nouc mia--sugar cane juice drink.
This young gentleman made me a fresh nouc mia–sugar cane juice drink. The contraption squeezes out the juice from the cane. It’s not very sweet and has a pleasant “green” taste to it.
Clearly the love of white skin and light hair is learned. This young child was very wary of me and finally decided not to sit near me.
Clearly the love of white skin and light hair is learned. This young child was very wary of me and finally decided not to sit near me. She didn’t cry, but some very small children do. I may be the first western foreigner they have ever seen and it’s a shock.
The night market. I thought it might be bigger for Christmas Eve, but it was about the same. It was very busy, though.
The night market. I thought it might be bigger for Christmas Eve, but it was about the same. It was very busy, though.
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Beth

I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Mexico and Peru. I'm exploring the world and you can come too!

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