“I love it here!” I exclaimed. And with a big grin on my face, I literally jumped in the air (I do that a lot).
I felt like a kid in a candy store. Saigon was my candy store, and there were endless surprises in this city; yummy, beautiful, artistic, and kindhearted surprises waited for me down every alley and around every corner.
What made my experience in Saigon even more delightful was the fact that I didn’t have any expectations for the trip. Ho Chi Minh hadn’t been a city I’d wanted to visit and only booked a ticket there because it was cheap and sunny. It came as a great surprise how amazing of a city Ho Chi Minh is.
In the midst of being pleasantly surprised by Saigon, I also felt grateful to be walking around for hours on end –as I’d gotten into an accident the weekend before and injured my foot so badly that I was unable to stand or walk. The doctor put me on bed rest for a few days, and luckily enough I healed in time to make it to HCMC.
Before I proceed with my Saigon stories, I should let you guys know that I do have the answer to the question I asked in my previous blog post.
“Am I tired of traveling alone?”
The answer is no, I am not tired of solo travel. I had an amazing time in HCMC by myself, and it was in fact the greatest solo travel experience I’ve had thus far!
Expressing exactly why I now love HCMC is truly hard to convey with words, because it was just a feeling that I got. With that said I know that the lovely people, great food, fresh fruit, cute cafes, warm weather, charming architecture, and vibrancy of the city contributed to that feeling. It somehow just felt a bit like home.