awesome ao dai illustration
So this past summer, I spent a month in Vietnam.
It. Was. INCREDIBLE.
I spent two weeks volunteering with a medical group called Project Vietnam. We visited two rural areas and set up 8 clinics, four in each region, and provided basic healthcare and medicine for 300-500 patients each day. It was a very humbling trip, and I was thrilled to work alongside so many wonderful people, volunteers and doctors alike. I made a lot of friends, some I hope will remain in my life for a long time coming. (Monique, that’s you ♥) Here’s a video if you’re interested in seeing more.
The following two weeks were spent with family - three cousins and two of their friends, six teenage girls tumbling around the vietnamese countryside taking ALL OF THE PICTURES and EATING ALL OF THE FOOD. Oh sweet jesus it was glorious. = u = We traveled by bus to three different cities, sampling all of the native dishes and visiting temples and other beautiful places along the way. We also managed to catch a small show in the most adorable little Parisian-inspired cafe in a beach town. It was…it was a fantastic trip. I might upload excerpts from the journal I kept (and finished!) throughout the trip and the months after.
And so I drew a picture. A little info on the content:
Girls still wear traditional dresses as school uniforms, and I hoped to catch a glimpse of them after growing up hearing my dad tell me stories about how beautiful these girls looked, flooding out of school buildings in a sea of wispy white cloth.
The traffic in Vietnam… is something to behold. Have a look-see. I’m happy to boast that I got the hang of it by the end of my trip, and could venture around the streets of the capital without having someone help me out (score!).
I really enjoyed the architecture in Ho Chi Min City. It was a mix of old french buildings, stacked and distinctly Vietnamese-styled apartments and stores, random, beautiful churches in the middle of a 6-way intersection, and modern shopping complexes. It was so strange and great.
And that concludes my post on Vietnam.
I can’t wait to go back.
2013 Med Mission.