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Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Written on: Friday May 6th, 2005

A journal entry from: South East Asia 2005

After a hectic couple weeks in Cambodia's capital. Sarah, Simon, Drew and I decided to head off to Vietnam, excited to move from lakhsa to pho! We headed off via bus to the Cambodia/Vietnam border, taking time to ensure everyone had their entry visas. The road to the border was actually pretty nice, the landscape, brown, dry, and somewhat monotonous but still incredibly captivating.

One of my favourite parts of travelling is music association with a place or country. I love music and i'm always listening to something while on the go. Wierdly enough, The Killers remind me of Cambodia. Whether you like or respect The Killers, I don't care, but their synth-indie-rock always brings me back to the blurred landscape of Cambodia. Probably because while listening to "Jenny was a Friend of Mine" I made friends with a lovely Cambodian girl whose english name was Jenny. She gave me a butterfly barrette from her hair simply because she had nothing else to give and I still have and cherise it and what it means.

Anyways, we made it to the border, got our exit stamps and proceeded to the grande, decievingly beautiful immigration building in Vietnam. The immaculate lawn and roads leading up to the very stylistic and windowed structure stood in stark contrast to Cambodia and even the empty, brown land as far as the eye could see surrounding us. The border crossing was uneventful and we climbed on the next bus for the remainder of our trip to Ho Chi Minh.