Authors’s Note ***This is less about Christmas and more about what we’ve been doing.I’ve been bad about posting. It’s not that I don’t like talking about our adventures. It’s just that…there’s no time to talk about your adventure while you’re on it.
So let’s recap a bit as we’ve reached our halfway point. Japan was incredible, albeit fairly pricey. The food in Japan is delicious, fresh, and super convenient. We ate our weight in white rice and baked goods–there are tons of bakeries that offer up delicious savory goods for a buck or two. It was really nice to spend time with my dad and just being part of the Japanese experience. We were able to see so much in so little time…both touristy stuff and random local experiences. Incredible public transportation made everything possible and we were always on time. We got to see/meet family and catch up with old friends.
Sierra loved Japan and was happy she married me to piggyback on my culture (obviously because Japanese are the best). Overall it was a great start to our adventure.
We flew from Tokyo to Ho Chi Min city with a layover in Taiwan. It was awesome as my friend KT (from B-school) met us at the airport and took us into town for dinner. Our flight got in at 5:00 pm and we were scheduled to leave the next morning at 7:00 am. We decided to not get a hotel…still not sure about that decision. We were able to see Taipei, get a delicious dinner, walk the night market, and grab beers with another of my peers, Melinda. It was so, so nice for them to share in their hospitality.
We made it back to the airport around 2:40 am and failed at sleeping on the random services throughout the airport. Like a zombie we checked into our flight to Vietnam and make it into Ho Chi Minh at around 10:30 only to wait in line to get our Visa for about 2.5 hours. That wasn’t pleasant as most guide books said it’s usually about a 30 minute wait. It is a peak travel time so I can understand a bit.
Part 2 to come soon.