Random thoughts from a foreign land

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The construction is constant! There's always a new business opening up (and closing), new home construction or improvement. No idea what's going on here, but they are hard at work on Christmas day.
The construction is constant! There’s always a new business opening up (and closing), new home construction or improvement. No idea what’s going on here, but they are hard at work on Christmas day.

Some of the funny things I’ve seen lately:

  • Sports jersey with “Death” printed on the back, worn by tiny, young teenaged girl. She had a big smile and a pink, flowery headband. Can you say incongruous?
  • T-shirt with Obama picture and slogan “Yes, we San!” Suspect typos are sold here since no one knows.
  • Tiny, Vietnamese man, singing “All About The Base”, an octave too high.
I tried a new pizza parlor near my apartment. Well.....it looked like pizza, but it wasn't quite pizza. It will do in a pinch, but somehow I've turned into a pizza snob and want the real thing. Not going to find it here. And as much as that looks like bacon, it isn't. It's pork belly, but not cured. No idea why there is mayo on this and the cheese is tasteless. The toppings were cold, but the pizza hot. It was served with catchup and hot sauce.
I tried a new pizza parlor near my apartment. Well…..it looked like pizza, but it wasn’t quite pizza. It will do in a pinch, but somehow I’ve turned into a pizza snob and want the real thing. Not going to find it here. And as much as that looks like bacon, it isn’t. It’s pork belly, but not cured. No idea why there is mayo on this and the cheese is tasteless. The toppings were cold, but the pizza hot. It was served with catchup and hot sauce.

Have been seeing far more rats than I’d like–and during the daytime. There’s lots of garbage for them to eat and cover for them to hide in. Not surprised, but not enjoying it. either.

Selling jackfruit. The aroma is distinctive--overly sweet, like pears that are just a touch too ripe.
Selling jackfruit. The aroma is distinctive–overly sweet, like pears that are just a touch too ripe.

Had almost forgotten about that silly baggy pants fashion back in The States. Saw a teenager wearing his pants low and showing most of his boxers today. It really looked out of place here.

Vietnam is a comunist country, so there's no official religion. Bien Hoa is mostly Catholic, but the rest of the area is Buddhist. This is a Buddhist nun and the first one I've seen here. They must beg for their food and can eat two meals a day. I gave her enough for lunch.
Vietnam is a Communist country, so there’s no official religion. Bien Hoa is mostly Catholic, but the rest of the country is mostly Buddhist. This is a Buddhist nun, the first one I’ve seen here. They must beg for their food and can eat two meals a day. I gave her enough for lunch.

Spent most of my holiday working on English lessons–mostly English music. It’s a good way to explain expressions, practice listening, learn vocabulary in context and the kids love it. I ask discussion questions and they work in in small groups to practice talking. Less “sure” students are more likely to talk in a small group than raise their hand in class and risk making a fool of themselves. I also worked up three reading comprehension exercises on varied topics that I think will interest students and teach vocabulary. I try to pick short, unusual topics. One of my readings is about a woman who fell from a plane and survived!

Flowers everywhere.
Flowers everywhere.
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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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