The month in Vietnam definitely flew by. After I got the hang of it, I have to tell you, I really enjoyed my time here. There's something about the hardworking & mostly friendly people and the ability to go from rolling hills filled with rice paddies to the scenic beachfront to the madness of the city that made me really enjoy this country. Just a short list of things I've learned here:
1) In order to get married, the bride's family must exchange a water buffalo for the groom (OK then, guess I can't get married here)
2) Green is the color for Hope (can't go through a village without seeing all shades of it)
3) Mo, Tai, Bah...Joy -- Translation: 1, 2, 3...cheers! -- said when taking shots of rice spirits
4) Children are taught at a very young age to say hello to all strangers as it is a sign of respect (very different than in the USA)
5) Matriarchal society -- These women are extremely hardworking and dedicated to their land, people, & family.
6) The people of Vietnam are nicknamed "Bamboo" as bamboo is very tough and hard to break.
7) Mostly Buddhist & Catholic
8) Government discounts TV/Satellite to control population as well as educate the ethnic minorities and people in small villages.