The day began with a grand victory for team USA. At the 2016 Vietnam Summer Olympics, we brought home the victory in three legendary events. Woman’s soccer, an internationally respected sport. Tug of war, the completion that brings out the hero in all of us. And the herald Sack Race were men and woman work together to achieve great change. Unfortunately we tied with UEF in men’s soccer, and ruined our complete sweep of the sporting events. The UEF students played well, and we all had a bunch of fun playing with them! The entire event was extremely fun to both watch and play in. The performances by the Martial arts and Dance teams were both amazing, the students at UEF are full of amazing talent! After the games we had the chance to exchange some gifts with each other, and say some farewells to our friends we wouldn’t see later that day. It was a great time, but it was extremely difficult to say goodbye to all the friends I’d made over these past two weeks.
The day ended with a beautiful dinner buffet at the top of a hotel. The dinner had a beautiful view of the city. Ms. Yen told us that she loves the view from the hotel, as it’s a perfect image of Vietnam and Ho Chi Mihn. She spoke about how the skyline shows the entire array of the city. The skyline has old buildings, rundown buildings, and brand new buildings. It’s a beautiful example of Vietnam. Vietnam is growing rapidly. It has one of the fastest growing economies, and is on the fast track to becoming a global power. But as much as Vietnam moves towards the future, they preserve their past. As Vietnam continues to grow, I look forward to seeing what happens next, and how they will continue to preserve their history and their culture.
It’s hard to believe the two weeks are already over. I don’t know exactly what I expected coming into this trip, but I certainly didn’t expect to love my time there, and cherish the people I met as much as I have. To everyone at UEF, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for organizing our trip, and helping us make it through our itinerary without any casualties. Thank you for showing us your culture, and leaving us with a love and respect for the Vietnamese people.
From our landing two weeks ago, to our Airport farewells today, we’ve been through a lot, and we’ve made an amazing amount of memories. To end my blog, I want to share some of my favorite pictures, I hope you enjoy them, and thank you for taking the time to read my blog.