The BF and I are going overseas! We’re going for just over a week from Friday night 25th October to Monday 4th November. I’ve tried to queue up some posts, but I can’t imagine I’ll reply to all comments as promptly as usual. And I might not be commenting and reading all your posts either. What are holidays for, but a little digital sabbatical? We’ll see – I might not be able to resist the lure!
We’re spending two nights in Ho Chi Minh, and then some nights in Nha Trang and then back to HCM city. Whilst I’ve been a blogger, I’ve not been overseas, but I love travel. On average, I make one BIG international trip a year, usually for a few weeks, to either Europe or the US. I like to go back to old faithfuls, but it’s just as important to me to see new cities and countries. I’ve never been to Vietnam. I did do a project in primary school about it though!
I’m not a huge tour girl, which is sort of in line with my no guide book motto from Honeymoon with my brother, which I mentioned in my all time favourite books post. That’s not to say I don’t think about and research what I’d like to do on my holiday.
I’ve done a fair share of my travelling with my family. They’ve structured most of it the same way. It goes a little something like this:
wake up (and read/watch BBC world/CCN <- it’s not a holiday if I don’t see one of these news channels!)
nap/read/watch trashy movies
cocktail/happy hour in the hotel room, sometimes with board games (scrabble is a favourite)
So much better than the usual eat, sleep, (rave), repeat. (Sorry, it’s a song lyric of a song I can’t stand, and whilst I don’t rave (though I do Neon Run), but the song is so pervasive!) I really mean eat, sleep, work, repeat.
Here’s what I’m considering as activities whilst we’re there:
visit flower farms
visit silk worm farms
zip lining (though there’s been some deaths, so maybe not!)
cu chi tunnels from the war in HCMC
sampling endless Vietnamese coffee, and pastries (seeing they were once a French colony)
visit Hoi An
mud baths and hot springs
get cheap manicure and pedicure for…
get sandals made!! in Hoi An (I love some leather sandals that are dying, from Greece)
What would your must see/do/buy be in Vietnam? Have you been? What would lure you to visit?
*Published in 2019, but back dated to be ‘year end’ summary*
In line with the 2013 summary I published, I thought I’d take the time to review each year since I was at school, as a record of my life. Things get hazy as time goes on, and it’s not going to get any better as I age! So here we go!
My parents live in Toulon, France from Sept 2012 to Jan 2013
I visited my parents in Toulon, but we met in Marrakesh and visited Casablanca too, in Oct/Nov 2012
Visited Duabi alone, shopping up a storm and going hot air ballooning over the desert
I flew business class on Emirate from Paris to Dubai to Sydney at my cost on an A380 and a 777
I started dating “The BF” at the start of October 2012
Prior to “the BF”, this was my year of dating! A good friend spent a lot of time awkwardly setting me up!
Memories of brunches with Mr DIY and his GF
My first year living the apartment I bought (the loft), having settled on 22 Dec 2011
I equipped a whole home with living furniture – sofas, kitchen stuff etc
Hosted a Thai birthday banquet for myself at the new house
Recarpeted the upstairs in the early days, meaning I lived in my living room when I moved in!