Posts include days 258-283 in chronological order. Also includes 1 day in Singapore. Click to read each short story.
I took the VIP overnight bus from Ha Giang to Ninh Binh. I had to pee so bad, but the bus wasn’t stopping. I begged the driver to stop. It was dark outside, on a mountain, and raining. But I stepped off the bus to pee in the middle of the road.
As a woman who is 6’1″ exploring Vietnam, I stood out. I am much taller than the average woman there & people were always taking my picture. I decided to roll with it and enjoy being a celebrity.
Train Ride to Hue, Vietnam
I was on a twelve hour train ride in Vietnam, which gave me plenty of time to reflect on my travels and to reflect on my life. I was reminded of a train ride with my ex-husband.
Exploring Hue, Vietnam
I drove a motorbike around Hue, Vietnam to see temples, buildings, and museums. There was a lot to see in the city and nearby areas. My motorbike died on me while driving it and I had to walk it back to my Airbnb.
Abandoned Amusement Park
There is a hidden abandoned amusement park in Hue, Vietnam. It was like walking through The Walking Dead, where life suddenly stopped. Now, the vegetation took over and graffiti artists did their work.
No Glitter. No Party: My Introduction to Vietnamese Street Food
I got a personalized food tour from a local. Not only did I get to taste delicious food, I had the chance to learn about life in Vietnam from an amazing person.
International Politics at a Vietnamese Amusement Park
I explore Ba Na Hills in DaNang, Vietnam, with a tour. The bridge was awesome to see, but the theme park was very touristy. I met some fellow travelers and learned a bit about them.
Catching up with Old/New Friends in Da Nang
As a solo traveler, I enjoy making new friends. In Vietnam, I had the chance to meet up with some new friends a few times. Their stories are very interesting.
Alone in the Most Romantic City
Spending time in one of the world’s most romantic cities was beautiful, but something was missing. I walked around feeling lonely. I wanted to be there with a partner. I wanted to hold hands with someone as we strolled along the river.
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