Notable / Highlight of the Day: I am missing creatire comforts. When I wrap up my adventure I am really looking forward to settling in somewhere, getting comfy furniture, soft sheets, good pillows, plush towels, using a real American tooth brush and toothpaste, not sweating all day, flushing toilet paper down the drain, finding tampons in stores, not having my big dumb American smile identify me as such so quickly, not wearing so much sunscreen, having a good hair day once in a while, traffic laws, safely crossing a street, not fumbling with language.
But I will miss the vibrancy and friendliness of the people here in Vietnam. Their genuine curiosity and effort in getting to know and welcome foreigners, the food, the scenery and wilderness, new friends, and getting torn out of my comfort zone on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis.
I’m off to Thailand tomorrow so I am taking the next couple of days to get my pack organized, walk around and resupply, relax in coffee shops, and catch up on some reading and podcasts.
I arrived in town at a bleary 4am and walked to my hotel through backpacker street which was throbbing with drunken activity. I saw a foolish American try to chase down a prostitute who ripped him off and all the vietnamese people on the street come to her aid. The American made a hollow threat of suing her…I kept moving.
The hostel had a bed for me, so I enjoyed sleeping in until 11am. I had an easy day with a bit of wandering, lots of coffee shop time, and generally relaxing.
I met a new friend today againc Dave who is an I-Banker in NY but got burnt out so is trying to determine if he wants to live in Chang Mai full time. He’s been living in Chang Mai for 3-4 months and is heading back to NY to decide if he wants to get back to real life or retire early.
Current Location: Da Lat to Saigon
Cost of Tea: $2
Miles Traveled: 150
Miles Walked: 4-5
Dollars Spent Today: $4 on postcards, $6 on a lightblocking eye-mask (very spendy), $6 on dinner, $4 on sundries.
People Met: Dave from NY
Mood Emoji: 🚶🏻♀️