3/11/18: Bloat, My Recurring Companion

I was going to go for a run this morning, but I decided against it since I didn’t want to push my body too soon even though I was feeling much better.

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Modeling the Vietnamese hat at breakfast

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Once I ate breakfast and packed, I went into town with Kaitlyn to get some bus snacks. I would be going to Ho Chi Minh today; Kaitlyn to Mui Ne.

I wanted to get another mushroom banh mi from Windmills, but they were sadly sold out. I instead walked over to Au Loc Chay, a hole-in-the-wall vegetarian place nearby.

Pro tip: “Chay” means vegetarian in Vietnamese, so whenever you see it, that means there is vegetarian food there. You are WELCOME! 

I got some take-out to eat as lunch later ($1 plates FTW!!), and walked back to the hostel.

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Doused in hot sauce of course

When we walked in, one of the hostel staff members told me my bus pick-up had already came and left. I was in shock– the buses are never early!! Luckily, the buses to Ho Chi Minh leave every hour, so he put me on the next one.

I got on the bus around an hour later. At one of the rest stops, I had my first sugarcane juice!! It was pretty good and not too sweet, which was what I was afraid of.

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I was dropped off at the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City around 6:30. I had to wait another 15 minutes for a mini bus to come to take me to the city center.

Around 7 I got to my hostel, Vietnam Guide Home, which was not nearly as nice as Cozy Nook… but I was expecting that. If all hostels were exceptional, no hostels would be exceptional.

Side note on hostels in Ho Chi Minh City:

It was really hard for me to decide which hostel to choose. The ones that were highly rated/personally recommended to me were way more expensive than the others. The more affordable ones were either party hostels (which I didn’t want), or were lacking atmosphere (according to reviews).

I ended up choosing Vietnam Guide Home because it was one of the cheaper ones at $5 a night, seemed chill, and sociable. In reality, the staff wasn’t the most helpful, the rooms were pretty small, and it wasn’t very clean. The breakfast is one baguette with a fried egg and bananas. They don’t give you a plate or utensils for the food. The other guests were cool though, so I think that adds to the overall value. 

I was feeling a bit bloated, a feeling I’ve become quite familiar with. It’s a signal that some digestive issues are coming on… yay!

I got food anyway because I was a bit hungry. I went to Mani Vegan and got their Sunday special, which was called “vegetarian crab chowder with rice noodle soup,” aka mock meat noodle soup.

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Matcha latte in the back! Good but a bit sweet

After dinner the bloating got worse and I was 100% certain there would be stomach/digestive issues in my near future.

I went to bed around 9:30, but everyone in the room was being really loud chatting with each other and coming in and out.

Take me back to Cozy Nook!!!

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