Last night we were treated to a beautiful Vietnamese feast at a restaurant right on the Mekong adjacent to the Can Tho Market. We enjoyed several courses of local foods including squid, spring rolls, sweet and sour fish soup, ginger chicken and rice, vegetable salad, all finished off with coconut ice cream.
After dinner we walked back to the hotel along the park. It was a beautiful cool night. Back at the hotel, Mr. Marc Roberts took us up to the 8th floor for some star gazing through his telescopes. Unfortunately, it was a little too cloudy for us to get a really clear look, but it was great to get a chance to use the equipment and have a go. We had a great time bonding with the teachers and building better friendship.
This morning was another early wake-up call and a great buffet breakfast at the hotel before we took a walk down to the dock where we boarded two boats bound for the Floating Market.
We drove along the river and had a chance to see all the industry going on from saw mills to ceramics, bamboo to earth works, and cement factories. Once at the market we observed the locals as they traded and sold their local products. We had the chance to buy coconuts, guavas, mangos, pineapples, bananas, oranges, taros, potatoes, cabbages, yams, and garlics. It was neat to see local women cooking right on their boats, which was similar to a lot of things we normally saw in street stalls.
We continued our boat ride back toward the hotel. Once there we packed up our rooms and got back into our school uniforms for the trip back to Saigon.
The bus ride back was pretty quiet as many of us were tired today. We did sing a few songs led by Jerry, our tour guide. Miss Donna joined in and sang us a couple songs as well. We all sang a Happy Birthday song to Lily, after that Brian sang for one of our school concert songs for tomorrow night. He had a beautiful voice and got over his nerves quickly.
We stopped off for another great banquet lunch at the Mekong Rest Stop which included elephant ear fish, a catfish soup, pork and morning glory, rice and even more fresh pineapples and watermelons. We have all had a good appetite this week and have tried some amazing local food.
We are currently on the bus on the way home just 60km away from the Middle School. We are ready for the concert rehearsal after school today and are looking forward to seeing our friends and families. We have had a great trip and have learned a lot about the Mekong and life on the delta. We are looking forward to coming back to school to use our data in science class, get busy creating our travel brochures in LA, our mapping work in Social Studies, and murals in Art. There were literally thousands of photos taken this week and we can't wait to share them with the school community.
Mr. Jeff Bonazzo
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