For Spring Break, Shmelana* and I ventured back to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to visit a friend who was studying abroad for the semester. After a week of inappropriately frequent pho consumption and a 70 kilometer bike tour of the Mekong Delta, we swam all the way back to Indonesia, reaching land on the shores of Sanur, Bali, where we spent the rest of the break. Below, Shmelana gives us some insights on being back in Vietnam after a three-month hiatus, and other stuff that she enjoys.
Danya: How did you feel back in Vietnam?
Shmelana: I really liked it. I was so excited to eat the food.
Danya: What is your favorite food in Vietnam?
Shmelana: I love pho with vinegar and garlic and lime.
Danya: What was a highlight of your week in Vietnam?
Shmelana: I really liked biking along the Mekong Delta.
Danya: If you had one piece of advice for someone going to Vietnam what would it be?
Shmelana: Hold onto your purse and eat everything.
Danya: How was the swim from Vietnam to Bali?
Shmelana: It was good, sometimes I got tired but the water was a nice temperature, and it was good that we brought flippers.
Danya: How nice. Were you happy to be back in Indonesia for the second week of break?
Shmelana: I was so happy to be back in Indonesia that I almost started crying in the airport. I’m not even exaggerating.
Danya: Thank you for your insights, Shmelana.
*Name has been changed to protect the participant's identity.