Just One of Those Moments

Have you every experienced a moment so serene it takes your breath away? This happened for me at the end of my trip. After working hard for the past two weeks we had the chance to go to the resort island of Phu Quoc. This little mountainous island was unlike anything I have ever experienced. It is hard to put into words the feeling of accomplishment and peace I felt while looking out over the ocean. All these feelings with a little regret mixed in because I know that I will probably not make it back to Viet Nam for some time. All I could do was stand in awe at what we had accomplished those two weeks coupled with the kind of view that is pictured in great works of art. All I can do now is cherish my new friendships and look forward to my next trip to Viet Nam.


A Trip of Firsts

For many in the group, this trip was a trip of firsts. The first trip to Asia, first time to try a new food, or even the first time out of the country. Getting to see someone experience something for the first time is one of those rare moments that you will always remember. For me, getting to see my new friend Heip fly on an airplane for the first time was one of those moments. At the end of our study abroad we, and the Vietnamese students who helped translate, got to go to the resort island of Pho Quoc and have a little R&R. Heip is a goofball supercharged with more energy than I ever thought possible for anyone to have, so imagine getting to see him fly for the first time. Like I said, a moment I will never forget.

Chúc Mừng Sinh Nhật To Me

I have never really made a big deal out of my birthday. Not really sure why, I guess I’m just modest. Unbeknownst to me my new found friends and some of the other Vietnamese students got wind that my birthday was going to happen while on the trip. I did not expect anything other than happy birthday wishes from them, but they went out of their way to get a Vietnamese birthday cake and spared no expense. They called me to the room and there before me was the most decorated birthday cake I had ever seen. By far the best birthday ever.

Adventurous In More Ways Than One…

When traveling to different places and experiencing different cultures, one of the most difficult things to get accustomed to may be the food. This is definitely one of those situations. What set before me was a fertilized duck egg that had been allowed to grow for a little while. I had not had any problems with the food up until this point. I was not planning on trying it until I realized that everyone had a spoon in their hand ready to scoop out the Vietnamese delicacy. Dang it…  I hate being the odd one out. Looks like I’m just going to have to “suck it up” and try it.

In The Country

Having grown up in the country I appreciate the open spaces. On the way back from the service project I saw the view and had to stop and stare. So much green, and all that green to me represents weeks of hard work and in a few months an excellent reward for the farmer who planted it, and for the people who will get to eat it!


As a part of the study abroad we had the opportunity to help install a biomass collection system. It works by collecting the waste from the pigs or any other farm animal, storing the waste in an anaerobic environment and allowing bacteria to beak down the waste thus creating methane gas. The gas is then stored and can be used in the kitchen for cooking. This project will help save hundreds of dollars for the family and I am proud to be apart of it.


Wow! After getting to know the English majors in Vietnam and getting to know them more, I am starting to see that kids are all the same. No matter where in the world you are the people are probably going to be just like me, easy going and always down for a laugh.


My name is Daniel Mitlyng, I am a junior studying Real Estate finance and I love to travel and go on adventures. I have been looking forward to meeting the Vietnamese people for a long time. Hopefully we can build a lasting relationship with the local college.