Tuesday, December 27, 2016

My Christmas in Vietnam

First off, Christmas is a big deal in Vietnam. There are trees, decorations, lights, Santa Clauses and fake snow everywhere. Stores play Christmas music. People have parties. Basically everything the same as back home.

Every school has a tree and lots of decorations, and every school has a big Christmas party. This is one of my favorite schools.

There's a giant tree set up at our mall (3 stories tall) that you can climb up and take selfies. And every store is full of decorations and presents.

The one thing that they don't seem to have in Vietnam, is stockings. We looked all over to find (relatively cheap) stockings for all 10 of us roommates. We hung them on the stairs and secretly filled them with treats for each other for days before our roommate Christmas party.

We also all pulled eachother's names for Secret Santa, and had to buy and wrap presents for eachother without the other roommates knowing. Which wasn't easy in such a small household. Also, as you can see, we sort of built a tree haha.

We filled the house with lights and decorations.

We made lots of food and got all the roommates together. Jojo, our Vietnamese roommate invited some of her friends as well.

We all grabbed our stockings, counted to three, and ripped them open.

Mine was basically filled with junk food, headache medicine, and Flamin Hot Cheetos socks. (The picture of the guy is an inside joke. Don't ask)

 Then we opened our Secret Santa gifts. And everyone got such a personal, thoughtful gift.

I got these headphones. Which are the nicest headphones I've ever owned and are exactly what I wanted. I'm super happy with these (thank you Skyler!)

And we played some games, and had some drinks.

It was sooo much fun.

On Christmas Eve we had a Christmas dinner delivered.

Complete with turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and more.

Brought straight to our door in tupperware containers.

And for actual Christmas, we moved around the furniture and put our spare mattress on the floor to make the living room into one big bed.

My roommates made a big breakfast, and we sat around our living room/bed. Ate good food, drank boozy coffee, opened presents, watched Christmas movies, and played games all day.

I've been pretty sick this week (both physically, and homesick haha) but it was a very nice, cozy, lazy day. and as long as we stayed inside with the AC cranked it was easy to pretend it wasn't 90 degrees outside. I love my roommates a lot, and I am so thankful for our home here. :)

Friday, December 16, 2016

Vietnam: Weeks 33-36 (or what I did in November/December)

Okay so here I am playing catch up again. Life is so easy here and moves so quickly I forget to post all the time and all of a sudden it had been a month since I posted so...here.

So, one: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is not a holiday here at all. And my roommates don't necessarily care. So it wasn't a big deal.

But I like it. So I made little Thank You cards for each of my roommates telling them why I'm thankful for them (they really are the best)

Shoe picked up a bunch of pastries from a bakery on her way home. (And someone's drinking a coconut apparently. Just to remind you that this is Vietnam)

And we had wine, fried chicken and mashed potatoes delivered to our house. (Because Vietnam will deliver literally anything. Including bottles of wine.)

So uh. Not exactly traditional. But still fun.

Two: The final roommate birthday.
My roommate John's birthday was last week. And by weird coincidence there are no more roommate birthdays until May. We've done them all.

So we ordered pizza and drank beers and played Pictionary.

And opened presents of course.

We also had a Christmas party last week, but I'll save that for a big Christmas post in the next week or two. So here are just some random pictures.

Getting street food. As per usual.

Watching Shoe and Tuna paint their bikes. And yes it's still hot, perpetual summer here. And rainy season is basically over so it's lovely.

Bia Set once again.

Also been going to a ton of shows lately which has been a lot of fun.