Safely Home but Hating Travel More than Ever

This trip, unlike any of my other travels around the world, was not without some rather anxious moments. I’m glad to be home. I think. I read in CNN this morning that Thailand has declared a state of emergency after the protesters stormed parliament yesterday. While I was in Bangkok, the protests were peaceful. I really have no idea what… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day Seven – Traveling Home

Today the long journey home begins—in about 45 minutes. Amazingly, the couple in the bungalow next door here at the Palm Garden Resort in Hoi An are from Atlanta, Georgia! In fact, they live in Morningside. Can we say: small world! Click here for a list of all of the posts from my trip to Vietnam.… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day Six – Rest and Relax in Hoi An

Today is a chill out day before the long trek home begins tomorrow via Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. Nothing specific is planned. I do hope to catch up on all of the blogging and post some pictures. Even now the computer is importing photos from the camera’s flash card. I’ve probably shot over 10,000 photos this trip, but… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day Four – Driving

Driving in Vietnam is just dangerous, absolutely very, very dangerous! Today I drove from Dalong Bay to the Hanoi airport (about 3 hours). Flew from Hanoi to Da Nang, and drove from Da Nang to Hoi An (about 30 minutes). Before leaving the US, my doctor told me I would more likely be injured in a car accident or hit… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day Three – Halong Bay

Today I drove from Hanoi to Halong Bay. The drive was interesting. You can see a picture of the person riding the water buffalo we saw along the side of the road in the rice patties. Apparently this road was frequently heavily bombed by the US during the Vietnam war as it was used to transport munitions within the country.… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day One – Dinner

Tonight, for dinner, I went to the traditional Vietnamese restaurant here at the Sofitel Metropole by Lake Hoan Kiem in central Hanoi. I decided to live on the edge and ordered a 7 course meal of traditional dishes. I have no idea what I ate. The names were all in Vietnamese. What I do know: this was the tastiest, most… Continue reading