Photos by Vanessa Dinh (University of Michigan- Ann Arbor), Student Correspondent CET Vietnam Summer 2019 View from my second floor shared bedroom in the newly built CET guesthouse. The guesthouse is only a 10-15 minute walk from both our Vietnamese class and our Development Studies class. It’s down an alleyway just off of Mạc Đĩnh Chi Road. This is the inside of the University of Economics building in Ho Chi Minh City and it is the place where all of our non-Vietnamese language classes are taught. Fun fact: each major at this university has its own building within the city, similar to how the French run their universities. Along the Công Trường Quốc Tế roundabout, I came across this six-story building that’s full of bubble tea shops, cafes, and various greenery hanging off the window sills. Besides the building, there’s a long row of parked motorbikes, which is the most frequently used mode of transport in the city. At dinner one night, one of the Vietnamese roommates, Linh, recommended this vegetarian dish called bánh đa chay. Even though the Vietnamese cuisine usually consists of some type of meat dish, there are many restaurants in the city that cater to vegetarian diets. Inside the Saigon Central Post Office. The architecture has a lot of French influences since the building was constructed during the French colonization of Vietnam. I was extremely lucky to have a birthday during my study abroad program in Vietnam. The CET staff gave me a birthday cake to celebrate my 21st, which was an awesome surprise! However, it doesn’t really have the same meaning as it does in the States *wink wink*. Group picture of CET students from the U.S. and some of our Vietnamese roommates after dinner one night. People’s Committee Building on the Nguyễn Huệ Walking Street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Skyline of some of the tallest buildings in Ho Chi Minh City, including the Saigon Times Square building.