We booked the bus to Dalat for today. We could either book for 8am or 1pm so of course we booked for 1pm so we could have a lie in and take our time packing. It's awful having to pack in a dorm whilst everybody is sleeping. No one has mastered the skill of being quiet.
We had heard that because Dalat is in the mountains, it would be cooler than at sea level so we were looking forward to a temperature that didn't cause us to sweat all the time. Who'd have thought we'd want to be cold. The bus journey was 5 hours long and gave us the opportunity to see the beautiful countryside.
It's also a month since we set off on this adventure so during the journey I was reflecting back on how far we had come.
We landed in Bangkok on 01/09 as naive travellers expecting to have the most amazing time in the world but yet not knowing what to expect. Whilst it has been a lot of fun and we've had such an awesome time, it has been a lot harder than we thought. Bangkok definitely toughen us up and made us more aware that not everyone is being friendly for the sack of just being nice. We've had a few knock backs but it's made us stronger as individuals.
We do have days were we just want to be at home surrounded by familiarity and I miss the ease of being at home and not really having to think about the next day or the next week. Like mon-fri work and then chill out, tea at grandmas on Thursday, sat and sun day of rest but here we have to constantly plan the next couple of days.
But then we think back to how we were feeling whilst at home and how we hated the routine of knowing what's coming up. It's definitely more fun to live each day as it arrives.
I also think I've changed as a person slightly, I am a lot more laid back now and whilst I used to be mega organised, I just figure it out as it happens now. I am also more aware of what I used to take for granted; seatbelts, security walking down the road, the cool weather, the lack of pot holes, people speaking English and most importantly a decent cup of tea!!