After 35 hours of travel which took us through Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Shanghai, and finally on to Ho Chi Minh, we were definitely ready to catch some Z’s in our urban oasis of a hostel, The Common Room Project. We awoke excited to gain our bearings in the frenetic new environs of HCMC. We found peace amidst the unfamiliar sights, smells and motorbike exhaust in a variety of pagodas scattered in District 5, or Cholon. At night we embarked on a street food tour led by some friendly locals and learned more about the unique culinary offerings of the city. Pictured was our favorite dish of the evening, a shredded papaya salad with dried beef liver, peanuts, herbs, and special sauce - whipped up on the spot by a legendary local street-stall vendor.