I have been in Vietnam for a school week now but it feels like I have been here for a month. Thus far, the course has been amazing; the professor has really impressed me with the events that he planned. I have seen a plethora of temples and learned a lot about the Vietnamese culture already but this is only the beginning and I am sure there will be a lot to share as this unit goes on.
Unfortunately I can’t say that I am having the best of time on a personal level. At times it feels as though I am the first Black person a lot of the Vietnamese people have ever seen. This over generalization is from the fact that whenever I am traveling many people stare at me strangely, some even point and laugh at me specifically, to my face, even when I am with the whole group (of foreigners). I guess its a good thing I can’t understand what they are saying. The students on this trip are also not making things any easier (but I won’t get into any details).
Nevertheless, like I said I have only been here for a few days. I am hoping that the course will continue at a smooth rate and I’ll develop a thicker skin. Today is our first day off/ free time. Apart of me wants to stay at home and read one of the books that I brought but I know that if I do that, I will be missing out and shelter myself from an experience that can only make me a better person or stronger (I hope).