What Wasn't in the Blog

Trip Start Jan 03, 2008
Trip End Feb 07, 2008

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Here's what I didn't put in the blog but did happen on my trip.

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. She was walking with her son and just introduced herself and the boy to me, both of them trying to say hello in English. We chatted a bit there in the path and then she asked me if I cared to sit down and talk some more. I did and next thing I know she is asking me if I'd like to come home for dinner with them. I hesitated because I was planning on meeting my friends from the previous night.

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. Finally, when I had to leave, I asked her if she wanted to come north with me to Hanoi. She packed her son off to her mom's house, packed her bags, and off we went. She had never been outside of the Nha Trang area. We stopped together in Hoi An and Hue before reaching Hanoi. In Hue we went to her grandmother's shrine where she offered incence at her little alter.

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.
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starlagurl on

That's a cute little story, I hope one day you can meet each other again.

Louise Brown
TravelPod Community Manager

francesco0 on

Re: Aw...
Hi, thanks. Well, since then we have been emailing each other everyday and talk on the phone often. My plans are to go back and see her in April. I am studying Vietnamese and she English.

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