VIETNAMESE FOOTBALL FRENZY

In December 2008, I was staying on Dong Khoi, the premier street in the center of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Looking out my window, I could gaze upon the historic Hotel Continental, a favorite haunt of author Graham Greene, and the Opera House. One night, I got to witness the streets of Saigon go crazy in celebration for beating Thailand in the Suzuki Football Cup: the first time-ever for the Vietnamese to be champions in Southeast Asia. Below are some photos depicting their insane pride.

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All pictures: DEC08, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

SAIGON

SAIGON

This woman was a neighbor of ours in District 3. Often she would sit with another elderly woman and place a conical hat in front of her face and gossip about the other neighbors. This day, she was on her own. Saigon, Vietnam. 09. (Sony Camera & Lens)

SAIGON GOODBYES, 7

SAIGON GOODBYES, 7

A friend leaving Saigon in 2010. Here he is caught being pensive at his goodbye party. He’s probably thinking what we all think once we make that final decision to go: “What the hell am I doing?! Am I sure I want to leave? Am I going to be happy where I’m going?” And I never noticed this shot until tonight, about two years later, as I’m going through my photos. Makes me wish I would’ve noticed that night and asked him if he was alright. Saigon. 2010. (Canon 550D, Canon EFS Lens 18-135mm)