Friday, May 20, 2016
Today was bittersweet. I had an amazing time today but, at the same time, the knowledge that today was my last day in Vietnam loomed over my head. We had played several games today. It felt like the Olympics but just between the US and Vietnam. We began by watching some of the UEF girls and a few of the Pitt girls dancing to a medley of songs. It was very entertaining to watch the Pitt kids trying to dance along. After their dance, we watched several Japanese martial arts performances. The move that they kept doing but that I loved was when one of the people jumped up and grabbed the other person’s neck with their legs. Then, the attacker brought down the other person. It was so neat to see and, then, they were bringing down two people at one time. Then, we played soccer. That was fun. And, I scored a goal! To be honest, I don’t remember scoring but people have reminded me that I did. I always had a tendency to forget what happened in a game. We played tug-of-war and sac hop racing.
Then, we exchanged gifts. I wish I could’ve given all of the UEF students an island or something grand. They have done so much for us during our stay in Vietnam and I am forever grateful to them. Seriously, no amount of ‘thank yous’ could cover how much they did for us. From getting a cab to crossing the road to ordering food, they were our help. And, on top of that, many of them missed class to be with us. They went out of their way to host us and went above and beyond. If any of the UEF students are reading this, THANK YOU SO MUCH.
After games, we went back to the hotel to eat lunch, pack up, and shower. Then, we went to UEF. At UEF, we did our company presentations. Some of the UEF students joined us and we took a lot of pictures since all of the Pitt kids were in ao dais. After presentations, we headed to dinner. We had dinner on the rooftop of a hotel. It was very nice but I was hot in my ao dai, very hot. We took a decent amount of photos there as well. I cannot wait to see my glistening forehead in those pictures. We, also, got peach tea for the last time in Vietnam. Peach tea here is amazing. They put actualy peaches in their tea. Delicious.
Then, we took the bus ride to the airport. All was well until we had to get off the bus. There were tears. We all tried to stay strong but it was hard. A wise bear once said, “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” I am lucky to have met so many amazing people on this trip both from Pitt and from UEF, and to have learned and have seen what I have about Vietnam is priceless. However, this is not goodbye. I will see you soon Vietnam. Hen gap lai Vietnam.
Photo Credits: UEF and Cao Tan