Reunification Palace

We had another action-packed day in Ho Chi Minh City. Everyone was looking bright and chipper this morning. I think the students are still getting over the jet lag, because they went to bed at around 8:00 pm the night before and a couple of them were awake by 4:00 (or earlier!).

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After a quick breakfast we attended a lecture by Ms. Huong, the on-site program director. The topic of the lecture was “doi moi”–the economic liberalization policies that Vietnam implemented in 1986.

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Notice that at least one of the students is paying close attention to the lecturer!

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After the lecture we walked over to Reunification Palace–the building shown in Ms. Huong’s PowerPoint slide.

During the 1960s and 1970s it served as the residence of South Vietnam’s president. In late April 1975 NLF tanks crashed through the palace gates, thus signifying the end of the war (but the beginning of a new set of challenges for Vietnam).

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And the day wouldn’t be complete without a little delicious local food. Here is some bun thit nuong (think rice noodles with grilled meat) from Nha Hang Ngon.

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