Lucia wrote her mother: “We walked through Saigon to the old Palace. It has been kept in 1970’s style with war rooms, old communication equipment, and state rooms. Last night, because I’m so ignorant of a lot of that era, I spent time reading about the Diem brothers. What kind of Catholics were they to kill the number of Buddhists they killed and what kind of politicians to think that would succeed?
On a lighter matter, we had pho for lunch. I read the Vietnamese food is so good because the chefs shop for fresh herbs twice a day. That explains why the anise-tasting greens were so wonderful and crunchy in contrast with the light broth. I want to be able to make good pho, but I think I’ll have to grow my own herbs to have ones fresh enough. I also really liked a Cambodian dish, called Fish Amok. Plan to learn how to make that, too.
I’m enjoying this trip so much because I’m learning so much.