Most of you who have visited Saigon must be familiar with the Reunification Palace. This iconic building is now a cheesy museum where white people go to because their hotels tell them to. Whenever I get a chance to catch a glimpse of this building, formerly called Independence Palace, flashes of a tank crashing through its gates rings throughout the very foundation of my heart. This iconic moment symbolized the end of the war as North Vietnamese troops demolished the fenced barricades. These images might bring a trail of tears beneath the older generation's eyes upon the thought of losing their country. I would tell them not to cry anymore and to enjoy and appreciate what they have now. Surely, the losers are winners simply by not living in Vietnam and having to endure the mutha'duckin' heat and traffic. I felt like a winner eating this bowl of pho while sitting in the back of the President Palace. That's right, Vietnam's adaptability never ceases to amaze me. Coffee shops are everywhere as you know. Some people have a styrofoam box, some glasses, a bucket and some coffee and call their establishment an outdoor cafe. Well the back entrance of the palace wasn't being used, so somebody decided to make a cafe out of it and call it April 30th Cafe (3Thang4). Oh the irony. It's 2012, almost 37 years since The Fall of Saigon and here I am, back to where it all ended to eat pho. The pho wasn't too bad. It wasn't too bad at all. I still like Little Saigon's pho a lot more, but let's not get too political here.
|You can't have pho at a more historical place.|