Saturday, May 30, 2015

Hong Kong

At this moment, I'm sitting on the floor of the Hong Kong Airport waiting for my flight to Hanoi. So far the trip has gone smoothly (aside from two security searches, an explosive check, and wandering the Hong Kong Airport for way too long because my flight didn't have a gate). The flight from Hong Kong to Hanoi is only two hours...a piece of cake compared to the 10-hour flight from Sydney. 

I'm not complaining about the flight from Sydney though. It was one of the best super long flights I've been on. At first, I was dreading it because when I checked in, I was assigned a middle seat "because the flight was really full and all the window and aisle seats were taken." Turns out that wasn't true at all! The two seats next to me ended up being empty so I had ample room. Extra space + two blankets + three pillows + good movies + back row (nobody disturbed me while I was sleeping!) = a very successful flight. 

I still don't totally believe I am heading to Vietnam! I'm really excited though and ready for the adventure. Wish me luck! 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

End of May

One of the few signs of Autumn in Sydney. The trees don't really change colors over here, which is something I realized I really miss.

I just realized that nearly a whole month has gone by since I last posted on here. Yikes. I could chalk it up to lots of things, but really, life has just been busy. Plus, how is it already the end of May?!?!

Early May was filled with my friend Rebecca visiting. So much to say about that so a separate post or two will be coming for sure. Mid-May was just the usual busyness of life. It’s funny: when I imagined what my life would look like in Sydney before I left Seattle, I imagined having more free time than I could handle. I even made a list of things I could do to fill my time if need be. Turns out I don’t really need that list. Life has a way of being busy or at least seeming busy wherever you are.

The end of May was filled with the stomach flu and getting ready for Vietnam. I leave on Saturday! So excited and a little nervous. I don’t totally know what to expect and it’s my first completely solo trip. In all my years of traveling, I’ve always either known someone at the destination or gone with someone. While I am meeting up with a tour group (so I won’t be completely on my own), it’s still something so much different than I’ve ever done.

Expect a whole lot of blog catching up in June! Though it just dawned on me that I might be able to post while I’m in Vietnam. I don’t expect a lot of down time (but what do I know, really?) other than maybe on my 13-hour overnight train ride. Yup. 13 hours. The longest of three on the trip. Oh and two, 10-hour flights. I certainly will have time to kill! We’ll see when I catch wifi though.

Anyways, happy Monday everyone! It’s Memorial day back home (well, actually it’s Sunday back home, but if it were Monday it would be Memorial day...not sure if that makes sense. You catch my drift, right?), but a regular Monday here. Even though I’m not in America at the moment, I’m still thankful for all the men and women who have served our country.