The worldwide Augustana College experience

Hi There! My name is Kristin Deutsch, and I am a senior at Augustana College. I am originally from Northbrook, Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago. My majors at Augie are sociology and political science. I decided to travel to Vietnam this winter because it presented an interesting experience. I don’t think that there is another time when I would have this opportunity, so I am very much looking forward to this trip. I hope that you all enjoy reading about it!

Leavin’ on a Jet Plane…

So it is the first day of Spring Term, and it has been an odd feeling to be back in the U.S. and on campus.  I find myself missing Vietnam at weird times.  It has been nice to be home in a place that I am more familiar with, but over the past month, Vietnam […]


This week, lets see.  We are in Hanoi, and it is a really crowded city.  We got here on Thursdaywe saw the Hanoi Hilton, which is the POW camp that john McCain was at for 4 to 5 years. On Friday we took a trip to the perfume pagoda.  It is a Buddhist Temple that […]


Hi Everybody! So, we are officially in Hue now!  Hue is located in central Vietnam, and the temperature is much more moderate here.  That is, its about 80 degrees here instead of in the 90’s.  But we got to the city around 5:00 this evening.  Driving through it, it seemed much more relaxed than Saigon.  […]

The First Week

Our first week here in Saigon is coming to an end so quickly.  But it has been such a good time.  Though there has been a lot that we have done, I will try not to ramble about it all! Probably our most interesting day was when we visited the Cao Dai Temples and the […]

Tales from Saigon

So, we have officially had our first day in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon.  The trip here was quite frustrating, complete with with a 7 hour delay in the O’Hare Airport, a missed connecting flight in Hong Kong, and pretty bad airplane food. But we finally made it here at 5 AM on […]

So Long U.S.A.

So take off is less than two days away, and I have never thought it was possible to have this many emotions at once.  I am nervous, anxious, and excited all at the same time… but I am thinking that this may be a pretty normal reaction to international travel. I have never flown internationally […]