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What Is It About Vietnam?

I’ve been back about a week now and have been thinking about how to wrap up my little blog series. A question I have gotten a few different times in a few different forms is “Why Are You So Drawn … Continue reading

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Last Day in Vietnam

On Saturday, my final full day in Vietnam, Huong took me on a bus trip to the Cu Chi tunnels east of SaiGon. It is an incredible network of about 150 KM of tunnels that cover an area about 100KM … Continue reading

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Snails!

While in Sai Gon, I connected with some former Ha Noi students who are working there now. On Friday, Pham Huong met me after she finished working at DHL and took me to a local snail restaurant. I must admit … Continue reading

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XO Tours

Wrapping my some blog entries as I’m sitting in a restaurant in the Hong Kong airport during my four-hour layover. On Friday morning, I took a guided motorbike tour of Sai Gon. It was a blast – there were about … Continue reading

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SaiGon Jazz

As always when I travel, I researched the local jazz scene and found that the top club here is called Sax n’ Art. It is a nice spot just a block or so from the Rex Hotel and a 10-minute … Continue reading

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Five O’Clock Follies

The conference held a banquet yesterday evening in the Rex Hotel – another iconic Saigon location in District 1 (downtown) just a few blocks from my hotel. The banquet featured several courses of Vietnamese food and a performance of traditional … Continue reading

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Thursday Night in SaiGon

I’m back at my favorite blogging spot in SaiGon – the rooftop bar of the Majestic. It’s still warm and sticky down on the street, but up here there is a pleasant cool breeze blowing and a beautiful moon over … Continue reading

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Advanced Engineering – Theory and Applications 2017

Tomorrow is the opening of the Advanced Engineering – Theory and Applications 2017 conference which is the reason for my trip here. As shown below, I will be presenting my paper tomorrow afternoon on a topic that is the heart … Continue reading

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Bitexco Financial Tower

Adjacent to my hotel is the 68-story Bitexco Financial Tower. Built in 2010, it was the tallest building in Vietnam for a couple of years (I think it’s #3 or 4 now). Here is a picture I took of it … Continue reading

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Ben Thanh Market

Picked up a bit of a head cold in Hoi An (I think) which peaked yesterday. I hit it hard with medications and slept in this morning (and took a good nap in the afternoon) and am feeling much better … Continue reading

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