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One last post

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This will be my last post for this blog. Three months have passed since I started this trip and I must say that it's been quite an experience. We came back from Vietnam last evening and today has consisted of trying to figure out how to pack everything. Everything should be in order now though and we leave Rangsit tomorrow at 5 in the morning. The plane takes off at around 8 and we are back in Vaasa at around 6 in the evening. Have I learned something during this trip? Probably something but all the traveling has certainly been the highlight of this trip. Don't really have that much more to add. Hope you've enjoyed my writing and thanks for reading.

Time to get going.

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Three days

in Vung Tau

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And three days left until my departure back to Finland. As I said in my last post we were leaving Saigon on Sunday, however we popped by the War Remnants museum before we left. The museum was much more graphic than any museum I've been to before, even more graphic than the ones I visited in Cambodia. It was well worth a visit though, because even if I knew that things were bad during the Vietnam war for the Vietnamese people, a visit to this museum made it even more real and clear what really went on during the years of the war. The museum consisted mostly of pictures taken during the war with most pictures being very gruesome and not suitable for posting here. However some pictures from the museum are a bit more acceptable.

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We left Saigon by Hydrofoil, which is a fancy name for some kind of boat.

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The trip only took two hours and when we arrived to Vung Tau we didn't do much than go for some food and then to a café. Since it was my birthday I wanted to surprise my friends with cake but when I sneaked away to order the cake in secret they decided to order a drink for me and order a birthday song. Conveniently enough both arrived at the same time so both my friend and I got a little bit of a "wtf" moment.

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Monday was spent on the beach. Even though Vung Tau is considered a resort destination we are the only westerners in the city for some reason, might be thanks to the low season but I'm more convinced that this city has had its glory days. Nevertheless people stare everywhere you go. The beach was nice even though the water was really salty, the temperature was perfect though.

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Our hotel is a bit run down but has charm. The rules in the elevator might need some updating though.

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Yesterday, Tuesday, some of us went to the beach again but I decided to go in to the city with the other two of us for some window shopping. Was nice to get a closer look at the hometown of one of our classmates back from Finland, which has acted as our guide here in Vietnam. Vung Tau has the largest Jesus statue in the world at around 36 meters so we decided to hike up the mountain in the evening to get a closer look at it. Quite impressive. The highlight of the day though was the breakfast and the dinner in the evening since our classmate recommended that I should try the beef noodle soup, which is a specialty here. Didn't take long before I could confirm this because it's one of the better soups I've ever eaten.

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Today we are leaving both Vung Tau and Vietnam for Rangsit in Thailand again to spend our last few days there. Sorry for the lack of updates from Vietnam but it has been nice to just chill and not do anything for a few days.

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Saigon

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Yesterday was spent driving around Saigon, not that much sightseeing though but got to see some stuff at least. The main goal was to find some clothes and since we are leaving today I suspect I'm gonna have to visit this city again at some point later on. The traffic is relatively crazy though, much thanks to the millions of scooters driving around the streets here. You also find strong socialist influences in this country, much more than in Laos.

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Yesterday I also bought some art for around 700 000. Since I almost never by art I had to take the chance when we found a place that sold canvases with very nice motives. They are quite influenced by the propaganda poster they have here in Vietnam, an artistic style which I like quite much, simple but still very powerful. The propaganda posters are still a part of daily life here in Ho Chi Minh.

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Also found a pair of Lee jeans for 1 000 000. The shoes were very hard to find though since they have the same shoe policy as in Thailand, which means no bigger size than 44. Eventually I found a Converse store which had three colors in my size, white, eggshell white and black. However it turned out that they didn't have black so I went for the eggshell ones for 800 000.

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All prices are of course in Vietnamese Dong so even though I spent almost 2,5 million yesterday it equals to around 95 euros.

In the evening we went to the skybar that you can find on top of one of the buildings in this city, the views were nice and the music relatively good.

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Today we are moving onwards on our trip.

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Flying AirAsia

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Thursday's farewell party was a pleasant surprise. They served us food and some drinks and students from different faculties had musical performances. Prices were handed out and speeches held. After the party ended we went and watched the quarterfinal between Slovakia and Finland which became a little bit of a nail-biter. We continued the evening at Bungalow later moved on back to our place and went to sleep yearly in the morning, at least the ones of us who didn't have any planes to catch early in the morning, well some actually continued until they had to leave for their plane.

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Our plane left quite late in the afternoon so now me and a couple of friends are in Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon in Vietnam. Didn't do that much yesterday than go out for some food and have a stroll through the streets, but so far it is a very nice change from Bangkok, much cleaner and more "open" scenery in the city. We are basically staying right in the city centre on a road that feels lika a better version of Khaosan road in Bangkok. Today we will go to some shopping mall though, need to buy new shoes and pants since we are going to a skybar after the semifinal, the skybar has quite a strict dress code so my shorts and old converses aren't good enough.

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Quick update

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Yesterday I had my last school related presentation until I have to do my final thesis presentation, which will happen in the distant future. It went well and the afternoon was spent by the pool and playing some volleyball. Had to do this in order to be able to finish the last school assignment that had to be handed in today, had quite low motivation left to finish it so.

Today I went to Futurepark to try to spend my last bahts, wasn't able to spend everything though. Found three nice shirts, which was exactly what I was there for. They don't look too nice on that picture but in real life they are much better. Two of the shirts, not the blue one, was from some kind of export shop where they basically had H&M clothes and similar brand. The price was cut though with at least 50-60%, with the addition that the brand logo had been either cut out or in some other way altered so you would have problems with making out what brand it actually was. I don't mind though since who looks at the brand anyway.

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In 10 minutes we are about to go on a farewell party the school is throwing for us, the party will be held at the 14th floor of the glass building which has been shown on this blog somewhere in the beginning of my trip.

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