Day 4: Good Morning Viet Nam!

Day 4: Monday, 15 April 2019 – Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (10.8231° N, 106.6297° E)

We have arrived in south Viet Nam quickly establishing our home base the grande dame of old Saigon at the French Colonial Hotel Majestic situated right along Saigon River. With only 44-rooms, I consider it a boutique establishment, albeit an old one; and for the next two nights it is our home. As such, we are located in the heart of a rather dynamic city. It could be worse…I am certain we will shake off the effects of our trans-Pacific flight in no time I reckon.

By the way, again for those that know me, I am still in awe crossing oceans; thinking how lucky we are to be able to do so without even giving it a second thought and arriving in our desired destinations happily without incident–and it happens (aka commercial aircraft lands) over 110,000 a day worldwide! Think about that…every nine days there are a million flights globally.

Old News: We went over all the teams Vancouver Test Run score sheets and talked about what they could tweak and answered any lingering questions about how the game is played…everyone is all ready for a real international challenge.  We also met up with last years champs SLO Folks in our plane change city of Taipei and now we have all ten teams ready to go.

The official standing score sheet looks like a 9-way tie for 1st with 1 each for all the teams that competed on the Par 1 first leg, with the defending champs taking a knee and getting handicapped at a 7. My guess is that won’t last long…

Things I Learned from the short YVR Par 1 Leg: …we have some serious competitors and great people. It was a pleasure getting to know everyone better over the first few days and during our less than arduous transition here 12,000 kilometers from Canada.

So, we turn the page to our brief visit here in HCM City (aka Saigon). Teams will be conducting a quick two-day moderately easy Par 3 regional scavenger hunt starting on the final day of a long holiday weekend here.


5 Sample Ho Chi Minh City Area Scavenges:
-Take a market to table Vietnamese cooking class…
-Attend the early morning Mekong River  floating market…
Team Challenge: Be the first team to get a photo of a team member atop a four-legged beast …
-Hang out at Beer Corner with locals learning about what’s happening in Viet Nam…
-Find an artist to make a famous reproduction for you…

One-Minute Interview with SLO FOLKS Team: (on our YouTube Channel)

The 2019 Complete Set….of competitors!

Teams are off. No phone use. No teaming up. No nets. We will see them again tomorrow night at 8:30pm luxuriating atop the Hotel Majestic’s sublime rooftop bar at our official leg ending check-in deadline. Be safe and have fun…

Now…This event has many aspects…trusting strangers in strange lands; site-doing (authentic, challenging and participatory scavenges)…but it also is all about Global Grazing. Face it, this event allows for a lot of things, but lingering in one place watching rice grow is not one of them. Using the culinary metaphor, this is a dinner of several tasty, light and oh so memorable—versus just having one main course and knowing immediately that you made the wrong choice and it is just not going to hit your sweet spot darn…you can’t return a vacation can you! Nope, this is Global Grazing…a little Vancouver, and so far a little Asia…what’s the next hor doéuvre coming our way?

BTW…I just realized that I am one of just 2.4 million people worldwide who created and posted on a blog post today. I feel so special!

Okay, enjoy you day…

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