Evans - So, all in all, today was pretty interesting. Scott had taken off to Nha Trang around 11:00am this morning, leaving me to fend for myself for the day until the bus came to pick me up later that night. I didn't have to check out of the hostel until noon, so I decided to go back up to the room, check my emails and watch some TV until it was time. I then checked out, left my bags there to be watched, and went to grab something to eat. While I sat down, a local came over and started a conversation with me. He eventually said he could take me around Ho Chi Minh and give me a tour of the city. Unfortunaltey, it costed more than I would have liked, but I now had 8ish hours to kill before my bus, so I figured this would be a good idea. So off I went around the city for the next four and a half hours. We stopped at different pagodas around town; The Emperor of Jade Pagoda being the most amazing of all three. The setting was something you'd see in the movies basically. Lots of vegetation in the front, and even turtles swimming in a little fountain off to the side. I couldn't even count how many there were either, let alone guess!
He took me to the Revoluation Palace, also known as the Indepenence Palace, which was used during the time of the war. I was never told when that was though. It was really nice inside, and on the outer grounds too. He kept on telling me about a boat that would take a bunch of people along the Mekong River, showing them views, eventually bringing them back an hour later. Sounded fun to me, and another way to pass the time. I declined once we got there though, since it would have cost me another $20, so I just took pictures of the river instead. From there I told him to just continue driving aruond the city and show me around. We stopped momentarily to take pictures at the Opera House and City Hall, and drove through the Chinese part of the city, along with the markets. After that, we headed back, I paid him, and then I went to get some shakes. I got a watermelon and a grapefruit shake. Probably spent an hour there because I took a nap outside on the chair I was on.
Now with two hours before the bus, I decided it was time for dinner. I headed up the street to GO2; a restaurant with a BBQ on the rooftop. So, since I was already indulging today more than any others since my travels began, I headed up to the roof to get some BBQ deer. It definitely didn't leave me disappointed or unsatisfied, that's for sure. By the time I finished, I went back to the hostel, grabbed my bags, and now I'm on the bus. A sleeper bus as well, which is cramped, but still comfier that it would be on a normal bus. I'm now on my way to Nha Trang, where hopefully the other two will manage to make it as well.