Being an English teacher in Vietnam, I usually spend most of my precious time in school attending to students. I love my job, but just like any other individual; I realized I needed a break from class. What came to my mind was taking a trip to the US and explore what it has to offer. I used to read more about US and so I needed to go see for myself. I had saved enough cash to cater for my holiday and so all that was remaining was to take my family and get going. When I informed my family about my travel plan, they were all very thrilled and soothe following week we set off to the airport and headed to the US. In fact, my youngest son had issues with his teeth discoloration and since he wanted to look spectacular during the trip, I purchased the best teeth whitening toothpaste from recommendations here and his teeth were left as white as snow. Since budget is very important when travelling, before purchasing the toothpaste, I had to go online and research about the teeth whitening cost just to be sure that I am within the budget and also not to affect my savings.
I used to read about famous tourist attractions such as the museums of Washington, Disneyland, Hawaiian beaches, the panoramic hills of San Francisco and more, but I love extreme adventurous trip and so I decided to visit destinations that I found to be really wacky and definitely not to be missed by anyone.
The extra terrestrial highway
This awesome destination is just an hour drive from Las Vegas. It is a lonely road that meanders past the popular area 51 and it seems to stretch out to nowhere. Area 51 is known as a site where several aliens visit the earth. As we drove down the road, I felt as if we were about to smash into a hill but that was never the case. Another interesting thing about this highway is a big metal mailbox where you can leave a message for the aliens. In fact, I did leave a letter.
Located in look out mountain in Georgia, rock city is a good looking and highly structured garden that was structured by Frieda Carter, who is the wife to Garnet Carter, a miniature golf inventor. This garden is lined with uncanny gnomes, eerie statues and other bazaar characters from fairytales. My son really loved this place.
The top-secret upside down white house
This giant and magnificent white house is located in Wisconsin Dells and it is the biggest white house which is upside-down in the US and it is quite amazing. With its floor facing the sky, this structure sits on its own roof. As we walked through its roof, you might come across artifacts that are well reserved. There are more interesting things in the house and I think one day I will bring kids from my English class to enjoy the site.
I found these sites so interesting that I yearned to go back to Vietnam and see what it has to offer before school re-opens also. I agree that the sites in the US were so amazing that I did not feel like going back to Vietnam, but I had to.
Ho Chi Min
Hitting the journey to Vietnam, I was not sure of what to expect. Our journey began at southern Vietnam in Ho Chi Min, which is formerly known as Saigon. We began by exploring the city with our driver who kept on saying, “got mouth to eat, and got mouth to speak”.
Cao Dai Temple
After exploring the city we then travelled to Cao Dai Temple whereby the experience felt like walking through mad wonderland dream. The architecture was what I had never seen before since it was modern with lots of details and exquisite art everywhere. The religion here was a combination of teachings from Christianity, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, and other religions with an aim of promoting peace in Vietnam.
Cu Chi Tunnels
Another highlight was visiting these tunnels. I was able to see how resilience the Vietnamese were during the American war. Vietcong controlled undergrounds while the Americans controlled the air and land. The tunnels were so tiny and it was amazing to learn that people, who lived there slept, cooked, used bathrooms and also had kids.
There was much to see and do in Vietnam, but time was not on our side and so I had to plan the exploration for another holiday. To conclude the fun time, we were taken to an outstanding hotel to have dinner in a completely different world of Vietnamese food before dancing all night long. After all that fun, I was ready to go back and do what I love most, teaching.