Out trip to Ben Tre introduced us to some local wildlife. One of the students spotted this grasshopper, which our guide Chuong helpfully picked up for us.
A little later we had a chance to hold a boa constrictor. Jane was first in line:
Finally, we had a local specialty for lunch: elephant ear fish.
After leaving Ben Tre we drove a couple more hours to Can Tho, the largest city in the Delta. Then the group went out for a nice dinner of shrimp, grilled pork, spring rolls, and stir-fried noodles.
Today was fun, but it was also long and tiring. I had sort of forgotten what it is like to visit Vietnam for the first time. You are bombarded with unfamiliar sights, smells, sounds, and tastes. The hustle and bustle is exciting, but it can also be tiring. The heat and humidity can wear you out. It can take some time to get used to it, but our students have been incredibly adaptable. Navigating the constant traffic on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City? No problem. Eating food that might make other people squeamish? Sounds good. Navigating the narrow aisles of an enormous local market? Let’s give it a shot. These are not as easy as they sound, and the students haven’t voiced a word of complaint.