Here I go again on my own…

Going down the only road I’ve ever knownnnn…
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone…
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Well, let’s be real. Those lyrics don’t accurately describe me. I hope I’m not going to keep travelling alone, but it has been a theme for me. In a month it will be one year since I started this crazy adventure of traveling overseas. ONE WHOLE YEAR of travelling. It’s been frustrating, scary and amazing all at the same time. I’m forever changed by my experiences and I hope in some ways humbled by how much freedom and choice I have in this country. When you visit other lands and see how difficult it can be for people, you realize how much you take for granted. In some ways, these trips have made me much more grounded. More in tune with who I want to be and hopefully put me on a path to true happiness.

Now that I’ve got that out of my system….I’M GOING TO VIETNAM! Awww yeah!!

First of all, Vietnam is really a place where you can see a different way of life. Rough yes, but I’m sure beautiful in its own way. I have to admit, I am a bit scared, but I hope that works in my favor and keeps me alert. I have a friend, Laurie, whose been my muse for travel. Her adventures are the stuff of stories and while mine won’t be nearly as rough and tumble (I’m staying in an apartment in a nice high rise in Vietnam…not exactly roughing it) I hope I can get off the beaten path to truly create  memories that will last me a lifetime.

The real question is…what do I want to do? During the week I’ll be with my team, working on a very cool project and I hope in the evenings I can make friends so I’ll have people to get pau hana beers with! What about the weekends though? Burma? Thailand? China? So many places close by, too many choices. Maybe I won’t even leave Vietnam this trip or maybe I will go further! South Korea? Philippines?

Stay tuned for more musings as I dip a toe into Southeast Asia.