Vietnam holds a very special place in my heart. There was just something extraordinary about the whole feel of everywhere we went there; the food was amazing, the scenery was beautiful, and the people were so earnest and kind and hardworking. I loved being able to just walk aimlessly around, stumbling across street after street of little shops. We started out in Hanoi, after a stressful ordeal regarding visas before even boarding the plane. An attempt to spend a few days out in Ha Long Bay threw all our plans out the window, and suddenly our mantra became "we'll figure it out later". And it worked for us. After revisiting Ha Long Bay a few days later, we hopped on a train to Hue; booked a last minute motorbike tour to get us to Hoi An; booked plane tickets literally the night before flying to Ho Chi Minh City. Rarely would we have a set plan for the day, and yet at the end of it we'd go to bed feeling buzzed about what we did.
Experiencing Ha Long Bay at night. Learning how to ride a motorbike in Hanoi. Biking in the middle of the night to the outskirts of Hoi An. Riding badass motorbikes in the countryside and having adorable Vietnamese kids run out to yell and wave hello. Eating countless bowls of pho multiple times a day. These are some of the experiences I will never forget, and I am so glad I get to share them with my friends I made in Hong Kong, Chris and Dylan, and Kyle, Dylan's friend. I was slightly nervous about traveling with people I had barely even known for over a month, especially when they were all guys, but I had an amazing time with them and they really helped make the trip what it was.
Hopefully someday soon we will return to Vietnam again, the four of us, because I miss it every single day.