Describe life in HCMC…
Life in Ho Chi Minh City is varied and exciting.
There are a diverse number of local and international restaurants that prepare excellent food at reasonable prices. The variety of leisure activities is unlimited: learning how to play instruments, theatre, singing, sports activities, etc. We also found the Vietnamese people to be very friendly and helpful; hospitality has a high value here.
Transportation such as taxis or grabs are cheap and you can safely move from one place to another. Riding a scooter is also quite easy, especially if you stay in District 2.
Through joining Facebook groups, it is very easy to find connections with like-minded people and source information about upcoming events in the city, the opening of new locations and ongoing relevant news concerning the neighbourhood.
One of the biggest advantages of living in HCMC is that travelling around South East Asia and the Southern Hemisphere is extremely easy. In just 5 years, we had the opportunity to see many of the beautiful places the world has to offer including Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Australia and New Zealand. We are beyond grateful for these experiences.
How did you feel leaving Vietnam?
Packing our bags in Vietnam after having lived there for the past 5 years to move back to Germany was associated with a smiling and teary eye. We sadly had to say goodbye to many friends from all around the world, the delicious delicacies of the culinary variety and the tropical heat.
Being back in Germany, we've realised how much we've missed the lush green meadows and soothing forests in Europe, the numerous cycling and hiking trails as well as the spontaneous weekend trips to the restful and refreshing nature.
We will spend the next years in Ludwigsburg, in the South of Germany close to Stuttgart. Two of our daughters are already attending universities: one in Rotterdam and the other in Philadelphia. Our younger two daughters have integrated back into the German school system very well and easily found new friends.
We are very grateful for the uncountable lovely memories we've made with all the people we met at the British International School that helped form our beautiful and adventurous experience in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Fethke Family