I have safely arrived in Vietnam, and I am ready for two great weeks. I will try to blog as much as possible, so make sure you check back regularly! My first impression of this country is incredible. The food is delicious, the people are kind, and the weather is.. well, let me quote Eisenhower D. Eisenhower when Adrian Cronauer asked him what the weather was like:

“It’s hot. Damn hot! Real hot! Hottest things is my shorts. I could cook things in it. A little crotch pot cooking. Fool, it’s hot! I told you again! Were you born on the sun? It’s damn hot! I saw – It’s so damn hot, I saw little guys, their orange robes burst into flames. It’s that hot! Do you know what I’m talking about. It’s gonna be hot and wet! That’s nice if you’re with a lady, but it ain’t no good if you’re in the jungle.”

Thank you Eisenhower, it is hot indeed. But we are taking good care of by our enthusiastic guide, who had some funny quotes as well. Moments after he had picked us up from the airport while we were gaping at the busy traffic with it’s many motorbikes, he told us, “There are 9 million people in Saigon and 6 million bikes. You really need a bike. No motorbike, no girlfriend.”

I already was planning a bike trip, but I sure am now! Although.. my friend Robert who is currently also in Vietnam with the IBR Program told me about getting a haircut in Vietnam. After they cut your hair, they offer you some “extra services” with a very happy ending..

I now regret going to the barber in Holland the week before departure. My father though, says he “forgot” to go to the barber back in Holland. I don’t believe him, but I guess we need to find a barbershop :P