It’s the last day in Vietnam!
I cannot believe that this trip is already over. Our final day in Ho Chi Minh City was jam-packed with all sorts of activities. Our morning started off with a coffee run and attempted bun run, but the buns were not ready when we went so we had to come back to the hotel and eat breakfast there. After breakfast, we headed to a gymnasium to play games with the UEF students. Our first game that we played was soccer. We split into two teams, guys and girls, and played about twenty minute games. The girls were more successful than the boys, with the boys losing the UEF team and the girls team winning. The gym was SO HOT so within two minutes of being there we were all disgusting, but after playing soccer it was even worse. The next game that we played was tug-of-war. The first two rounds were won with ease by the Pitt students, but the third round was so much more difficult! The UEF students were pulling the rope early and the judge was a little biased, so they won the third round. After two more rounds of tug of war, Pitt was able to pull out the overall win. The final game was a sack race in which Pitt won yet again, probably because of our height advantage.
After lots of picture taking and a gift exchange, our group headed back to the hotel for lunch, a much-needed shower, and packing. Eliza and I were very sad to say goodbye to room 326 as it was a great home for the past two weeks. We then went downstairs to check out and head to UEF for our final presentations. Our presentations were all about the companies that we have visited over the course of our trip and I think that everyone did a good job! My favorite part of the presentations were the personal slides in which everyone talked about their favorite part of the trip and shared some photos.
Following our presentations, we took even more pictures and then headed to dinner. We had a buffet style dinner on the roof of a hotel and although it was quite hot, I still enjoyed it. We were all dressed in our ao dai’s which was really cool but I was happy to be able to change out of it. After changing, we had time to get one last peach tea from our favorite coffee shop. Finally, we wrapped up the day with a bus ride to the airport with the UEF students where we played music and sang the whole time. It was very emotional staying goodbye to all of our new friends. I really hope that I will be able to see them again as I already miss them so much!
It has been an incredible two weeks and I am so thankful for this experience. I couldn’t have imagined a better group of people to travel with or better students to be paired with.
Signing off for the last time,