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I’m in Ho Chi Minh (City)

Well-wishers,

The postings on the blog are going to start to get seemingly jumbled. I’m writing about my time in Australia still, there are lots of old drafts that I haven’t yet published from the past year, and I’m writing about my current adventures. It means that any given post may be about any given time, current, recent past, or less-recent past. The cue to figure out which it is will be the date written, usually included up at the start. If there isn’t one, it was probably written and posted at the same time. Additionally, the post may indicate that the events happened around a specific time. Regardless, the breakdown is this: I was in Australia (1 year), then Singapore (4 days) and now I am in Vietnam. I’ll be home in a few weeks.

I am officially in a country where I do not speak the national language. Admittedly this is currently not a big deal having just arrived in the backpacker district. It was simultaneously comforting and disappointing to hear so much English and see at least one other white person. I’m booked in here for three nights, enough to figure out what the plan is from here and where I head next. If I will manage to figure that out in that time is a whole ‘nother question.

The hostel is tiny, the owner is lovely and so super friendly, and my day of stressing over getting to the airport, getting on the plane, navigating Vietnamese bureaucracy and getting to the hostel is starting to ease into a much more calming one. Or maybe it is just the fact that I’m really hungry and don’t have the energy to stress about all that other stuff.

Now I’m going to sign off and get some delicious, affordable food.

(One quick aside – my 30 minute bus ride from the airport to the stop near my hostel, for me + my backpack, cost a whopping 4000 dong. That translates to about 20 US cents. I know not everything is going to be super cheap here, but that really was an awesome start.)

(Another quick aside – getting from my seat on the plane, to baggage claim, to immigration, to customs, to currency exchange, to the bus into the city took less than 30 minutes. If my arrival in the US takes less than an hour as a citizen I will be surprised.)

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This entry was posted on November 18, 2012 by in Vietnam.

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