I still had not processed that I was going to Vietnam yet, even after I got on the plane. This would be my first time living and working overseas by myself, which was exciting. The total duration to arrive at the international airport was almost a whole day, but it was fine because I enjoy plane rides. Immediately once I went outside the airport, I felt the change in humidity. It was so hot that I found it hard to breathe. However, over time, my body adjusted to it.
I settled into the apartment, and at first, I was amazed. The interior was so beautiful, along with the view. There was a balcony that overlooked the entire city, and at that instance, I felt so alive and grateful. I definitely had a good night’s sleep.
The next day, we went to the Ben Thanh markets. Every salesperson was busy hustling, trying to lure customers into their stall. I was excited but also nervous to practice my haggling skills. I was with my friend so that we could support each other during this period. Eventually, I managed to purchase a dress for more than 50% off the original price she charged me. It felt great! We also managed to try out some market food like Banh Mi. It tasted so fresh and delicious compared to what we have in New Zealand.
We then proceeded to visit the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts. The artworks framed were raw and authentic, representing the war history and political journey of Saigon. It was truly beautiful. My first day ended with good memories.