Here today, Saigon tomorrow

A family from California moves to Ho Chi Minh City. Hilarity ensues.

The Final Countdown

It is now mere weeks before our Asian adventure will come to a close so we’re attempting to frantically squeeze all the fun we can from this fair land.

Our good friend Beth’s sister was in town which gave us an excuse for a last motorbike foodie tour of HCMC.




It’s all fun and games until someone puts the duck fetus in the hotpot.



Yeah, that’s the exact look on our faces, too, Amy. And no, dear reader, you don’t want to see the picture of it cooked. Trust me.


Curbside dining on Bánh Tráng Nướng, also known as Vietnamese pizza.


At this establishment our hosts cooked various meats and veg on a roof tile at our table. Unfortunately the shots of them cooking ostrich on a huge slab of salt (for real!) didn’t really turn out.

Fast forward to a day out with The Big O.  He totally showed this fancy Häagen-Dazs who was boss.



While we still have almost three weeks of school left to teach, our seniors have walked the stage of the Saigon Opera House.


Next stop to check off the list?  Taking in the view from the 50th floor of the Bitexco tower, the highest in the country.




It overlooks a fascinating tangle of old metal-roofed buildings and an outdoor market. I can’t see these two blocks lasting very long in this construction-obsessed town.


Our humble skyscraper abode is off in the hazy distance past the swampiness.

We washed down the vertigo with some bowling.


(Bumpers were quite the Godsend.) 

Just three weeks until our touchdown in Japan on our journey back to ‘Merica.

– Warren


We’re going to miss the hallway view from just outside of our apartment.


3 comments on “The Final Countdown

  1. Sandy Schnack
    June 2, 2015

    Wow! Take advantage of every single second! 🙂 And I know you will!

  2. Mary
    June 6, 2015

    Warren, Sarah and kids that are looking much bigger than when they left: I look at your house every day and wish that ya’ll were in it. Not that your house guests. aren’t nice, they’re just not all of you. You write an amazing travelogue and look like you have truly taken advantage of all this experience brought your way. I am hoping that L Street is your planned destination in Merica. Enjoy every last minute and safe travels….

  3. amy
    June 13, 2015

    Sarah and Warren – It was so fun hanging with you in HCMC. Thank you for being part of an awesome night and for being such a good friend to my sister 🙂 Best of luck in your next adventures. If you ever make it to Chicago look me up – Am sure we can track down some duck fetuses….

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