Happy new year to one and all.
Arrived in Hoi An a couple of days ago, and after a bit of confusion I eventually found it, and what a find it is the place is beautiful. Let me first tell you what happened on the way though..... I got an internal flight to Da Nang and intended to stay at a place for a few days that I had read about before I headed for Hoi An. It wasn't too far from the airport so I got a taxi, on the way the taxi driver started to question me and asking me if I wanted to go Hoi An, I said not just yet but maybe in a few days, his English wasn't great and he kept stopping the car to communicate by writing things down. I now know why because the place was in the middle of nowhere and all I could see was a few miserable faced tourists around but not much else! It was close to a beach but that would of been no use anyhow because(oh I forgot to mention) it was raining and quite cold, that's the other thing I didn't take into account I forgot that northern Vietnam has seasonal weather. So I decided to take up on his offer and asked him to take me straight to Hoi An. And another thing as we were driving off from the place of nowhere, a place by the way that reminded me of a remote town you would see in the movies from the US where townsfolk are a bit peculiar I actually forgot what country I was in and had to check my guidebook and look for roadsigns to reassure me of where I was. Once I got back to planet earth and reality struck in I started pissing myself laughing, needless to say the taxi driver looked at me in a funny way.
Back to Hoi An, and what a massively refreshing change from Ho Chi Minh and you may call me old fashioned if you like but I don't like places where you are eating your food and people come and interrupt you and ask if you would like drugs or a prostitute, I just find that a bit too intrusive.
Oh yeah I was gonna tell you about Hoi An, well in brief it's probably the most peaceful place I have seen so far. Maybe that's just a reaction to the last couple of weeks where quite frankly my emotions were like a w****s drawers, but I feel as peaceful inside as I have been for a while. I guess I have been reflecting and thinking a lot and now realise more than ever how transitory life is. One year, one month, one day, one hour, one minute all that they are is time and time is precious but time is also an illusion as it all blends into one, a hedonistic life is not possible, with troubles comes joy without feeling low you cannot get the highs. Simplicity is always the most rewarding for me as the last few days have proven for I have not engaged in any trips or touristy stuff of any kind, I am just spending a few days in a simple town and doing nothing except read, walk by the river, eat good food and forgot about the outside world. I could be back home and feel the same way doing those same things.
Life is about experiences be they good or be they bad but they all matter and form into one, thoughts come and go and thinking deep can be so beneficial it helps to suppress feelings of anger or envy to external matters which are often irrelevant and beyond your control. Why do we as humans criticise one another in such disdainful ways especially when we don't know who that person is, by judging others we can forget about what life is really all about, so next time the latest celeb or acquaintance riles you think about how beautiful it is to smell a fresh rose or to watch the stars shining brightly. Of course have an opinion, discuss matters and question those in authority, but hating and being bitter uses unnecessary negative energy which could be used positively to you and your loved ones.
I know the weather back home is a bit crummy and January can be an awful month, but try to keep those spirits up and when you feel like a chuckle just think of me in that taxi!
Keep on keepin' on