Trip Start Feb 17, 2013
39Trip End Mar 21, 2013
We had American food at the airport -- while tasting extraordinarily good, we now feel as if we have gut bombs sitting in our tummies. Asian food is sooooo much healthier than the crap we eat in the USA. No wonder we saw only a few overweight Asians. They eat healthy. Veggies. Fruit. Small portions of protein. Rice.
I filled my Canadian water bottle that I had bought in Taiwan with San Francisco water -- from the drinking fountain. We can drink the water again! Yea! And, we are off . . . .
Our flight arrived about 15 minutes early, but Patrick was ready and waiting to pick us up. We are now home -- the dogs have greeted us, most of the plants are still alive, and we have a pile of mail to sort through. Shouldn't take too long since most of it is junk that will find its way to the recycling can.
Home. The best place to be.
We had a marvelous adventure, seeing sights you can only imagine. Nice, nice people who will help at every opportunity. Traffic and noise that make NYC seem calm and quiet. Electrical wires stacked on top of each other and going every which way. Houses that still have no electricity. Ethnic minorities who still dress in their traditional clothes. Hard, hard, workers -- mostly the women. An observation: While the women are raising the children, working in the shops, working in the factories, working in the rice paddies, working in the fields -- all bent over or squatting -- the men are sitting around drinking coffee, or alcohol, and smoking cigarettes. Some of the men might work hard, but it is mostly the women. The countries are poor, very poor. The average wage in Vietnam is about $200 a month; in Cambodia it must be less. Cambodia is the most poverty stricken country I have seen. Depressing, it is so poor.
It will take a few days to acclimate -- to snow. Unpacking, laundry, mail, visiting with the kids and grandkids. As the days go by, I will reread our blog and do some editing. Many of the pictures need more detailed descriptions. Then -- post it to Trip Advisor and have the blog made into a book! Easy way to make a photo album.