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I am living with Graham Greene at the Continental Hotel in Saigon, but...I don't think I want to live in this city! Tet is still two weeks away, but the streets are already livid with giant yellow, pink, and red paper flowers and there are huge gaudy gold and red neon signs everywhere, plus plenty of items for decorating the home. My travels with United First Class (SFO to Beijing) were fine...but Lufthansa was amazing. Too bad it was only the one hour flight from Bangkok to Saigon. At check-in, I was assigned a personal assistant who escorted me through the premier immigration line and to the first class lounge...where I was greeted with a cold cloth and iced fruit drink and a full Thai menu. I was greeted by name on the plane and presented with a red rose bud in a silver vase. In Saigon, I was met by another minion who guided me through immigration (this was actually good, because it was a madhouse of pushing and shoving, no lines or system that I could figure out.) It would be so easy to feel entitled... I walked around the city for hours (it's very very hot), taking my life in my hands at every intersection. Blisters held out long enough to walk to Cholon, Saigon's Chinatown. Best food: fresh beer (bia hoi).
Continental Hotel, Pre-Tet

Continental Hotel, Pre-Tet

Pre-Tet street scene

Pre-Tet street scene

Pre-Tet street scene

Pre-Tet street scene

more bright blossoms

more bright blossoms

the Continental Greene never knew

the Continental Greene never knew

bats and butteflies

bats and butteflies

mango vendor

mango vendor

florist delivery service

florist delivery service

antique store

antique store

sad souveniers

sad souveniers

female ganesha

female ganesha

buy your tet decorations now

buy your tet decorations now

visiting from Washington DC

visiting from Washington DC

sidewalk manicure

sidewalk manicure

trash can on the riverfront

trash can on the riverfront

fresh beer

fresh beer

pollution solution

pollution solution

telephone repairman

telephone repairman

more Tet decorations

more Tet decorations

calligraphy wishes for the new year

calligraphy wishes for the new year

happy new year from Burger King

happy new year from Burger King

Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office

Posted by kkhopper 20:06 Archived in Vietnam

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That baby is so cute! I also like the pic of the man on the telephone pole

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