Vietnam’s Cu Chi Tunnels may be a claustrophobic experience for some so the shooting range may be a better “hands-on” experience.


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The best part of my MBA program was my Global Residency, where I consulted for a non-profit in Vietnam. After months of hard work, my team and I flew out to Ho Chi Minh City for a client presentation. Work kept me from experiencing the city like a tourist, but Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business made a really good effort in filling our expat days with local experiences.

My first stop was the Cu Chi Tunnels, underground tunnels built by the Viet Cong during the Tet Offensive. These tunnels were used to transport food, medicine and weapons. Viet Cong soldiers also lived in these tunnels. It’s a lot scarier than it sounds as these tunnels were cramped and extremely narrow. The only way to move around in them is on your hands and knees.

There is a larger one built for tourists to experience what it would be like to crawl through these tunnels. While the length of it wasn’t very long, I felt claustrophobic as soon as the darkness closed in. I realized that if the person in front of me stopped moving I’d be trapped. No where to go.

The area around and above the Cu Chi Tunnels also recreated strategic death traps that were used during that time period. Many of them were meant to give intruders a very slow and painful death. My favorite part of the experience was the gun range. It was the first time I ever held a gun and the kickback from pulling the trigger was quite thrilling, especially since it was so unexpected.

Monica reflects on her travels by sharing her thoughts on A Cup of Moca. She writes about her journey as she experiences the destination to encourage others to marinate in the moment instead of just checking things off a bucket list.