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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Getting into the swing of things!

Hello friends and family!

This week we started working with our students. They are great! Very respectful and excited to be at school. Bill and I have so much to learn about the International school systems and how they run the special education program. It's SO different than what we're used to. But, we're excited to start teaching the students.

We've had a great weekend. Friday night we ate at a Vietnamese restaurant and then spent some time with coworkers at another restaurant. Our coworkers so far are great! They are a lot of fun and there are some really interesting people to get to know. We work with mostly British, Australian and Canadian teachers. There are some Americans, but we are not the majority! We really are the rookie International teachers. Some teachers have literally been around the world! Saturday I had a spa day with one of my coworkers, Shannon. Shannon is from Australia and has a great sense of humor! We had a great time and all I will elaborate on the experience is, it was an experience unlike anything I've ever had! It was a lot of fun.

Bill and I then went into District 1 (downtown) for lunch. We got caught in a HUGE storm!! SO much rain, thunder and lightening. The streets of downtown were flooded from all of the rain. Bill and I were safe inside eating our yummy tapas. :) After lunch, we decided to go into District 7 for a movie. We pull up to the cinema and it was actually a HUGE shopping center called, LotteMart. It was 4 stories. It was a grocery and department store, but also sold appliances and electronics. On the top floor there was a cinema, bowling alley, arcade (think Lost in Translation), and TONS of places to eat. We saw Despicable Me in 3D. We were worried at first that the movie would be in Vietnamese because all of the advertisements were. We were excited to find out that the movie was in English with Vietnamese subtitles. WOO HOO! We'll be able to go to the theater. The best part of the movie??? FOUNTAIN PEPSI! It's the first place I've seen that sells it!

Today we took a boat back downtown to have lunch with Naill and Victoria (Scottish and British) at a restaurant called Jaspas. They cater to the Australian and British crowd. We got lost...and it was a bad day to get lost. It was SO hot and humid. We showed up at the restaurant soaked from sweat...gross! We cooled off with fresh fruit juice (Bill- watermelon and pineapple Missy-watermelon and strawberry). :) It was a lovely time! They are both so much fun and so funny. They are really experienced travelers so it's fun to get advice and hear their stories about where they've been. They have a beautiful daughter, Charlotte. We have a great time with them!

In three weeks, Bill and I (along with coworkers) will be taking a two day biking trip through the Mekong Delta. It's supposed to be beautiful! We can't wait to get out of the city for a couple of days and see the country side.

Well, it's time to get ready for the work week ahead. We miss everybody immensely! We hope you are all doing well! Please keep in touch!

Enjoy the photos below!

Missy and Bill

Rural land while on our boat trip.

A statue at a park downtown

Another view

A street vendor carrying various fruits and objects to sell

Charlotte and Naill

This is how the wires look all over the place! Kind of scary!

A random shot of people hanging out on the street. I took this in the taxi, so it's not very good!


  1. Are the masks because of air pollution? How gorgeous is that baby?? Have a great week!

  2. Yes, the masks are for the pollution and not swallowing bugs while going down the road.