I found this busy street café in the Pham Ngu Lao or backpacker district in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, crowded with a mixture of locals and tourists. This seemed like a good sign, so I had a seat and started speaking with some Australian tourists. They soon left and this group started talking to me. Bobbi was from Pakistan and Tho was a local who worked for BP.
Suddenly, the guy in the foreground came up to us beaming with a beatific smile. He could not speak any English, so I was confused. Tho translated that he was so happy to see foreigners and Vietnamese speaking to each other on the street. He said this was the way it used to be. We proceeded to talk for hours drinking many Vietnamese beers. It was a great dinner and evening.
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