A "Power Tree" Down the Street from our Hotel

Church Where Jake & Mari Went Christmas Eve

Our Best Hotel In Viet Nam -Saigon

A Power Tree

Power Tree down Street From our GH

Mobile Basket Sale!

Jake Attending Mass on Christmas Day!

Mari's Habit is Getting a Little In-tense

Hail, Hail the Gangs all Here in HCM City (or is it?)

A Birdseye View HCM City

Yes, the Traffic is a Bit Much Here as Well!

Rickshaw Business Isn't What it Used to Be

Arrived 7:30 pm here and Jake found a great place to stay...perhaps the best we have found in V.N. - friendly folks(owner is a doctor), tea and banana upon checking in and off the main streets so it is quiet. Coming into town last night we finally got the feeling of Christmas, passing at least 8 Catholic churches all lit up with manger scenes in front of each and shooting stars, etc. I am positive that the rest of V.N. does not get into the season nearly as much(most populus comes from Buddhist or anamist or ancestor worshipping background!

We have skipped a bit of our previously planned itinerary for various reasons, not the least of which we discovered in Nha Trang the potential for diving and Todd and Jake were jacked needless to say! They are presently checking out transport to Phu Quoc Isl. where we have reservations beginning the nite of the 25th. For V.N. this is the fastest internet we have found thus I am attempting to update our travels and upload as many pics as possible.

I need input from those of you who are out there checking in on us...since it is difficult to upload pics often and usually is time consuming I am wondering whether you even look at them, which ones you look at or would like to see more of or less of, or just skip them in some instances (i.e. you look at only a few selected spots and do not care about every stop)...your input would be agreat help to me!

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