The theme for Take Two today is flag nails! I've already done the New Zealand flag, the Union Jack, and had the US flag on with nail foils on, and I didn't want to repeat any of those. So I went with a country that means a lot to me - Vietnam!
I went to Vietnam for a school trip when I was 17, and I loved it! We spent three wonderful weeks travelling the country in a bus and seeing an incredible new culture in a country that is simply beautiful. Maybe I was just naive at the time, but I didn't think it'd be that gorgeous!
I guess any information I had ever heard about it was in History class, about the Vietnam war. I sort of pictured it as this war-ravaged country full of trenches and dirt - clearly not so! Obviously we mostly saw the tourist's side of it, but it still astounded me. Don't get me wrong, New Zealand is a beautiful country as well, it's just a different kind of beauty.
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Everything was so different there! Just look at these power lines - and I saw much worse than this, too!
Here's an oldMobil station. We have (had? not sure if it's still there) Mobil back in NZ and it was so strange seeing the same brand looking like this!
I guess these were the slums. I can't even imagine living there... we're so protected here in New Zealand. So interesting though, I'd love to talk to the people who live in these kinds of places some day!
The streets were FULL of mopeds. Very few cars though, it was so not what I was used to!
So there you have a touch of my Vietnam experience! I still have some things I bought over there hanging on my wall and tucked away in my drawers. Going to Vietnam made me really want to see the other cultures - ones that are really different to our own. Aussie is generally the place to go here as it's so close - I've never been there though. While I'd like to go, from what I've heard it's just the same as New Zealand, but hotter and bigger. I'd love to go to China, India or any other Asian country, really. They're amazing! (No offence Australians, you seen cool too!)
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