Chuc Mung Nam Moi 2011

Chuc Mung Nam Moi 2011

New Year’s Eve is always a much anticipated event, but this year being that it signifies the real start of our trip and the meeting of our goal “to be in a new place for New Year’s” it is extra special.  Even with all the hype we had no expectations for New Years since we were in a foreign place and had no idea how the Vietnamese would celebrate, if at all.  February 2 is Tet, the lunar New Year in Vietnam and with that being such a big event we weren’t sure if NYE would be overlooked.

Happy New Year from Vietnam

Much to our excitement New Year’s Eve is a big deal in Ho Chi Minh City.  I have never seen so many people and motorcycles in one area, it would be like if every person in Minneapolis took to the streets in downtown, it was packed.  We scouted out the sight at around 10:00 pm and after dodging thousands of motorbikes we decided to retreat to a less crowded area for a beer before returning to the chaos.

grabbing a beer on a side street away from the action before the countdown.

Four beers and four dollars later we headed back into the throngs of celebratory Vietnamese, taking in all the street vendors, lights, music and sights.  It was sweaty for sure yet everyone kept their space and enjoyed themselves.

A balloon vendor selling every kind of balloon imaginable.

A cotton candy vendor for those craving a sweet treat.

Perhaps you are more into sparkling mementos of your New Years Eve experience.

It was amazing how few people were celebrating with alcohol, because in a crowd of that size in the United States you would definitely see some stumblers and probably even some people who had been over served.  It was refreshing not to be surrounded with people that might not even remember the countdown.  I was especially impressed with the politeness of the crowd, there was definitely some pushing, which is to be expected.  But there was no yelling or upset people making empty threats, quite the opposite, everyone worked to insure you had a good view or a clear camera shot, whichever you were seeking.  We were happy to find both and ring in the New Year in a new place just as we had planned.

The countdown and the crowd in Ho Chi Minh City

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» dad :
Jan 2, 2011

oh my….with great hesitation i share our nye event…..colbeths, carlins and myers came over for a movie across the river and dinner at our house…..drank 1 bottle of champagne and people left by 10….we did manage to stay up until midnight, while almost cheating as we watched the times square deal live which was an hour early, but noooo, “us the wild and crazy couple of guys” we are made it to the real midnight…..lying low today, watching football and off to see True Grit at 4………i like writing daily, it is like therapy, so no need to reply and or post….love you dad

» Donna :
Jan 2, 2011

And I’m thinking of New Year’s 10 years ago when you, Nick and I slept in the sauna and on New Year’s Day we were on top of the Zugsptize! While I secretly wish that remains a favorite memory, I also am glad you’re making new New Year’s memories together! And, Bruce, all I slept off today was a candlelight walk at Fort Snelling State Park! Tomorrow I might actually get something productive done!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Donna

» Mom A :
Jan 2, 2011

I see a stage in New Year’s Eve pics. Was there music? If so, what kind? better than Chinese Opera?

LOCAVORista Reply:

There was lots of very loud pop music by pop stars we were not familiar with, no Chinese Opera thank god.

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