Goodbye Vietnam!

It was a great ten days in Ho Chi Minh City, but it’s time to move on to my next job in Turkey. But before I look ahead, let me share just a few last photos.

This temple was just steps away from my hotel, but seemed to be more of a place for monks to live. The ground floor had a huge dining room, but it didn't feel right to investigate farther. Chua An Lac.
This temple was just steps away from my hotel, but seemed to be more of a place for monks to live. The ground floor had a huge dining room, but it didn’t feel right to investigate farther. Chua An Lac.
Detail of the Chua An Lac (Lac Temple). This inset is hand carved stone, taller than me.
Detail of the Chua An Lac (Lac Temple). This inset is hand carved stone, taller than me.
Even the Benh Thanh Market--shopping haven for tourists--closed for Tet, but it opened again before I left.
Even the Benh Thanh Market–shopping haven for tourists–closed for Tet, but it opened again before I left.
A dragon dance to bring in the new year. This is in front of the Post office in District 1.
A dragon dance to bring in the new year. This is in front of the Post office in District 1.
A hotel was re--opening. A ceremony, involving Dragon dancers, incense, drums and bells was performed.
A hotel was re–opening. A ceremony, involving Dragon dancers, incense, drums and bells was performed.

HCMC Feb 2015. 5

It's easy to meet folks when traveling, which is how I met Jurek.  He was born in Russia, raised in Poland and lived most of his adult life in Canada--fascinating guy. He retired recently and lives on his boat in Toronto in the summer, travels in the winter.
It’s easy to meet folks when traveling, which is how I met Jurek. He was born in Russia, raised in Poland and lived most of his adult life in Canada–fascinating guy. He retired recently and lives on his boat in Toronto in the summer, travels in the winter.