From Siem Reap I took an overnight bus to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to begin my journey north through the country. I only spent a day in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) as it is the main transportation hub through Vietnam. In my short time in Saigon I visited the War Memorial Museum and the Cu Chi Tunnels. (The War Memorial Museum is dedicated to documenting the various alleged war crimes undertaken by the US and the Cu Chi Tunnels which are an intricate network of underground facilities through which the Viet Congs launched surprise attacks against Americans in the 1960’s.)  I think between Phnom Penh and Saigon I have had my share of learning about war, torture and death. It has been a good experience learning first had the history of these countries but I am ready to focus on the beauty and serenity of they embody. 

Throughout my travels I've been working to find organizations that I can support (by eating and their restaurants and shopping in their stores) who are working to towards building better futures for their communities. When I walk through the markets I get hounded by sellers to buy their various nic nacks that were probably made in China and are the exact same to the seller two stalls down. In each town I visit I have found stores with original hand-made crafts, many with workshops attached to help employing disadvantaged and disabled community members. They are set up to teach a trade/craft to learn how to support themselves. While I don't have enough time to volunteer throughout much of my trip I want to make the effort to support those who are working towards making a difference.

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