Vietnam... The land inspires ideas from so many different war movies. I really had no idea what to expect. On the travelers circuit I only heard great things about Vietnam. What will it be like?
I took an overnight bus from Kunming, China to the Vietnamese border. I arrived at 6am before the border even opened. Where it China everyone ignored me, in Vietnam everyone gives me constant attention. It usually comes by way of wanting me to buy something. They are always wanting me to buy something. I bought 4 more gifts my first day, and then I figured out how it works. Vietnam has been a blast. I really love this country so far.
In Sapa I was able to stay with a hill tribe family for a night. They cooked the best food I've eaten so far on the trip. The next day I climbed on the back of a motorbike, and the driver took me past some of the most incredible scenery. I am always a little confused when I go to a market or local restaurant and try to figure out "the process." Every place does things a little differently and I don't think I ever do it correctly the first time. I feel like I'm having to be spoonfed sometimes. But that's just another one of the joys of travelling.
Halong Bay could possibly be the most stunning place on the planet. Over 3,000 limestone and rocky mountains jutting out of the sea. I took an overnight cruise through this unbelievable spot.
Every day I am in awe of some of the places I witness, and I could write about every single experience that happens, but it would take forever. So I try to condense my blogs down into the overall vibe, the way I feel, the way I am changed. I guess in the week since I have been to Vietnam, I have a brand new perspective on life. For a 26 year old, I have seen so much of the world. And there are an almost infinete number of places I still have to go to. I always meet great people, things always work out for me no matter how crazy and messed up they seem at the time, and when I feel down, I have to remind myself to keep pushing through it.
I guess for me it is always remembering that I am loved, I am protected, the universe is perfect in it's time, never complete but always working towards it. The best I can do is to always love. Always love. Love life, love people, love humor, love the silence, love the chaos, love all of it.