What would Katniss do? First day in Ho Chi Minh City

The city of Ho Chi Minh consists of 19 inner districts: districts 1 though 12, and 5 named districts.  District numbers are used to describe where things are. For example, I was staying in District 1, while the War Remnants museum was located in District 3. Every time someone mentioned a district, it  reminded me of the Hunger Games! Luckily for me, I didn’t have to participate in a Reaping, or use my bow and arrow to scavenge for sustenance. I did, however, take inspiration from Katniss’ fashion forward style and wear my hair in a braid. The humidity in this place was out of control, as was my hair!

My first stop was the Saigon Central Post Office. The building was constructed in the early 20th century by Gustave Eiffel, when Vietnam was part of French Indochina.

Next door is the Saigon Notre Dame Basilica. Another result of French colonization , the cathedral was built between 1863 and 1880.

Just a few block away from the Basilica sits the Reunification Palace, formerly known as Independence Palace. Originally the home of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, it was also the figurative site of the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, when a North Vietnamese tank crashed through its gates.

Time for a quick shower and lunch. Gotta get re-energized before the Capitol comes for me!

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