How prepared can you really be? I've got my first 2 hotels booked for the trip, have a plan/itinerary in place, lists of things to bring, ideas and warnings of how Vietnam will be, but why am I still so nervous? Maybe it's the 2 days of flying quickly approaching, the thought of the 4 hour car ride as soon as we land, being driven by a complete stranger, the fear of my bags being search and being demanded of bribery money, will I even have enough money or even the thought of being mugged... but this is supposed to be a vacation of a lifetime. This is my first time ever being out of the country so my mind has been continuously thinking of how I can be completely prepared. Although I have done as much research as I possibly can, I still feel like I don't know anything and I feel lost. I'm so thankful that I have many friends and family and are professional world travelers and I have bombarded all of them with questions, without them I would be COMPLETELY lost. 2 more days until we dapart from Tampa, 2 more days of worrying.
On a slightly brighter note, I have been in contact with a cousin that I have never met. I cannot wait to meet her and she has been so nice already. Thank goodness for FaceBook I now know a little about her and we have been able to talk. I am surprised how much English she knows and how little Vietnamese I know goes a long way. We have planned trips and outtings and she will introduce myself and my group to the rest of my family that I have never met. I'm excited to be able to see where my parents grew up, see their motherland and learn about the life that they lived (although it is much easier now). I am excited to learn and live and to EAT!!! I pray for safe travels.