What Wasn't in the Blog
Trip Start Jan 03, 2008
15Trip End Feb 07, 2008
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Kho Phangan, Thailand: While on the Island I smoked almost every night with my friends Mark and Gerre. The stuff was everywhere. We got ours from the waitress at the restaurant. People smoked openly. Apparently if done within the confines of the resort we were safe.
One night we went to a Bar and had mushroom tea, which some British people had recommended. The tea did not make us hallucinate but after about fifteen minutes of being really anxious we laughed for about four hours.
Nha Trang, Viet Nam: My second day in Nha Trang while walking in the park by the ocean I met Hoa
I decided that what the heck, this is an adventure, and why not have a home cooked Vietnamese meal. We walked to her Honda scooter and the three of us got on and drove to her tiny appartment. You have already seen the pictures of how she lives and the rest.
When I got to her home we sat at the little plastic table, she took out a pair of nail clippers and cut and filed my finger nails...and my toe nails. That was something new for a first date. We went to the market, picked up some food, came back and she cooked me dinner of rice and dried salmon. After that, basically, I never left, she pretty much insisted. I remember thinking that this was all part of the experience of traveling and to just go with the flow.
Hoa was the reason I stayed nine days in Nha Trang
I last saw Hoa standing on a street corner in Hanoi, getting on a motorcycle taking her to the train station. We planned on taking a taxi together, but ran out of time. We barely said goodbye. How do you say, "feeling cold and empty inside?" And as Hoa would say, "One, no good. Two, good."
She has my email, I have her telephone number.