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Vietnam I: A bumpy road to holiday with nothing but rewards


24 December – The Pep-talk

Head buried in pillows on the couch, I peek out of the blankets…Vietnam in two
days…VIETNAM IN TWO DAYS! My heart is racing, pulsing against the couch cushion, search warrant sent out to my mind’s thoughts: large reward for finding the synapse gang responsible for booking this trip.

I close my eyes again. “Brittany, sleep. This is supposed to be a peaceful nap.”

BING! My eyelids fly open again, to-do lists flashing across my retinas. And Christmas? Is it really Christmas?! Okay, on your feet! Get up and get going! We’ve been down Pity-Me Alley one too many times. It was a lovely morning and you are going to Vietnam! Luxus Pur! Up and get going! Freezing isn’t going to make those lists any shorter!


25 December – Day Zero is Here
Phew…made it on the train and what a night! Last night I fell asleep with a sharp pain and vivid dreams of throbbing ribs poking out of my side. What if something is broken?

Flash back two days – I hop on my bike and go for an evening grocery run, take an unexpected turn, see stairs, earth, metal and my face hitting the ground. Thank you helmet! And now two days later I look like a black-eyed, hobbling raccoon.

I am awake. iPad blue illuminates my squinting face…time for internet self-diagnosis: ice it. I shuffle out of bed, open the refrigerator, one eye still squinting, the other taking on the sleep shift. Hmm…what to use without a freezer…options are limited to a bottle of wine and veggie burger patties. I grab them and crawl back in bed, laughing at the image this creates as I rest my side around the bottle of wine and slap veggie burgers across my chest. Merry Christmas you goofy wino.


26 December – Survival and Arrival


Hanoi – The city is buzzing, but I ironically feel relaxed. After three-days of pounding adrenaline I am finally here; travels and turbulence are over. The buildings tower high and narrow into the sky, yet most of life is squatting a few feet above the ground or saddled upon a moped. I climb into a rickshaw and my grinning driver steers us into the row of others, weaving towards the pulsing city.

9 Responses

  • Keith Anderson on February 23, 2016, 19:37:02

    I really admire the energy you put into this. The photographs are exceptional and your insights are a delight!

    Reply to Keith
    • Brittany on February 23, 2016, 23:13:42

      It was all about taking it in, getting a feel for it, learning to move with the flow. 🙂

      Reply to Brittany
  • Ruby on February 2, 2016, 19:31:03

    Life tends to be a bumpy road. All the crashes and road blocks. It is a good thing we do not know what is ahead sometimes. Reading your blog is like sharing your adventures with you. Love it.

    Reply to Ruby
    • Lesa on January 19, 2017, 17:15:38

      Tra l'altro mi sembra che nel comunicato facciano riferimento al LHC e non al SPS da cui, se non mi sbaglio, e' stato generato il fascio di neutrini.In questo caso l&3cf;uf9i#io stampa del ministero aggiunge castroneria a castroneria …

      Reply to Lesa
  • Mindy Hardwick on January 26, 2016, 05:52:40

    I love the picture of your driver! Such a great adventure!

    Reply to Mindy
    • Brittany on January 31, 2016, 15:09:21

      Thanks! He was quite the entertainer, excited to tell us about his city and learn about our entire lives in a snapshot of time. It was a bit like an on the spot interview!

      Reply to Brittany
    • Maribeth on January 19, 2017, 17:35:48

      I send my congrats to the following: SleepBuddy Mabel’s “Write Away” LabelsCopy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables DVDHot Wheels My Car CollectoriBounce Kids TrampolineIt’s A Curl! Peek-A-Boo Tearless ShampooBabySpa® Natural Bath and Body Care CollectionBooty BLsGtaAtic®Mentle Natuals Baby Theraputics Cradle Cap Treatment and Eczema Relief Cream

      Reply to Maribeth
  • Lisa Russell on January 19, 2016, 03:31:05

    I cannot wait to see you blogs and pictures, you are truly inspirational!!

    Reply to Lisa
    • Brittany on January 31, 2016, 15:12:22

      Thank you! I’m still wading through the thousands of photos. It’s been tough to condense!

      Reply to Brittany

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