Kimal

Dear Reader,

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 IĀ  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).

Kimal