First update from Vietnam

I’ve been here two weeks and Vietnam is better then I remembered. I started work at the HIV/AIDS clinic this week, but have also been helping out at an orphanage for children with cerebral palsy. The state of health in HCMC is pretty much what I expected, a strange combination of western medicine and local remedies all in a city that’s trying to modernize but is still stuck in the mud a bit. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of relationships I develop with the patients as I continue working.

I’ve been enjoying so much delicious food (including a partially developed baby duck egg) and have enjoyed exploring the city after work. The world cup is everywhere, and I’m excited to watch the US again tomorrow night.

More to come later! I’m playing soccer with a French ex-patriot team and need to run to practice.