Last day

Quintessential Vietnamese scene

Things I'll be glad not to have to do when this trip is over:
  • Hand-wash any clothes.
  • Carry my laptop with me everywhere I go.
  • Buy drinking water and fret over all the discarded plastic bottles.
  • Plan my water intake and toilet options around the day's itinerary.
  • Back up my text and image files on thumb drives and Gmail almost every night.
  • Point to the handwritten note that says "Toi di viet sacs cho Lonely Planet" whenever I need to explain what I do to a non-English speaker.
Things I'll miss doing:
  • Crossing the road with Zen-like impunity, even during rush hour across six lanes of traffic in central Saigon.
  • Having good coffee available just about everywhere, except at certain hotels or overly-touristed areas.
  • Eating crisp, cheap baguettes.
  • Drinking cheap beer.
  • Encountering people who are are extremely nice and helpful, even when they don't speak any English and haven't a clue what I'm trying to ask of them.

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At 11/20/2008 2:33 pm , Blogger jude said...

Congrats on making it through the entire trip :) I'll be looking forward to reading all about it - either in the lonely planet guide or on your blog.


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