Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City felt very far from our experiences of living in Hanoi, in the North. Ho Chi Minh has a feeling of modernity to it that Hanoi lacks. I liked that Hanoi didn’t feel modern. Despite that, we enjoyed our few days in the city, did some sight-seeing and ate some much-missed international food.
While walking around we happened to encounter a black Friday sale. We had seen a few businesses that offered specials on the day or the weekend after Thanksgiving (even though it’s Vietnam), but what we saw was an entire parking lot turned into a sale. There was an inflatable entry arch, as well as costumed characters. Apparently, Black Friday is international. (Despite the hoopla, we did not purchase anything!)