Vietnam - Love it or Hate it
Before coming to Vietnam we've heard many people say that they absolutely HATED it. And will never go back. They say the people there are rude and they had a horrible time.
Then others say they LOVED it. And can't say enough good things about it.
William and I have been here for about a week and really like it here.
The people are really friendly, the food is good, and stuff is cheap.
Now, there are some things here that I would have to get used to if I were staying long term.
For instance, people stare at you here. I don't mean you see them staring at you out of the corner of your eye and you look at them and they look away, I'm talking you see them stare at you and you look at them and they KEEP staring at you. It's so weird.
But usually if you just nod your head and smile they'll do the same in return. It's just a thing that they are comfortable doing here - staring at you.
Also, personal space is non-existant here. I'm already used to being close to people on buses and things after spending so much time in Guatemala, but here they take it a step further. They're "all up in my business."
I'll be just working away on my computer - editing a video, or programming code and some guy will come up from behind me and just stare at my computer screen. He doesn't even try to be covert about it.
I always stop and look at them as if to say, "Can I help you?" But they just keep staring at the screen. The first time it happened, I thought it was just a nosey guy, but it's happened over three times so far. Must be another culture thing.
We've found a little town that doesn't see many tourists. We stayed at this hotel and everyone treated us like a celeb. They even took pictures of us with their cell phones.
Of the entire hotel staff, there was one person that could speak a little English. To order our diner, we drew pictures of a pig and a cow and some rice and noodles. It's quite an effective way to order food.
When we got our food (which was soup with pork and beef) we started eating with chopsticks and everyone was staring at us and laughing. Then one came over and showed us how to eat the soup "properly" by using the chopsticks to put the noodles on a weird looking spoon.
You could tell they were really excited to have us there at their hotel. Everyone here is so nice and full of smiles - what's not to like?