July was quite an exciting month for me. I don’t really know where to begin, so I’ll start with the Fourth of July and end with Vietnam. The Fourth of July wasn’t anything major, I just wore red, white and blue, hung out with friends and teased James because he’s British.
I watched a lot of World Cup games during July and stayed up way too late in order to do so. While we’re on the subject of America, my old coworker and dear friend Chuck and I went all out for the America/Germany game last July as well.
One of the greatest things that happened in July was Sydney returned to Korea for like one hour and we had lunch. I can’t remember if this event actually took place in July or June, but I’ve completed June so I’ll just say it happened in July.
My students continued to be the cutest.
And last but not least: my trip to Vietnam. I went with my friend Jen and we basically ate the entire time while we looked at pretty scenery. I’m kidding, we did other things, but we mainly just ate every 15 minutes. We stayed at Hanoi Backpackers Downtown, which was great, but definitely somewhere you want to go if you want to party. A lot of the people who stay there are Europeans on a “gap year,” which is something I wish was common in America. Despite the constant partying, the hostel was a great place to meet people and have a good time.
After a few days in Hanoi, Jen and I decided to take an overnight cruise on Halong Bay. It was a lot of fun and seriously stunning. This world is truly magical.
After one night of sleeping on the water, we cruised to an island called Castaway Bay, which is owned by the Vietnam Backpackers hostel franchise. We slept in huts on the beach! In retrospect, it reminded me a bit of The Beach.
After this particular trip, we decided we wanted something a bit more relaxing. We stayed another night in Hanoi before heading out to Mai Chau, a rural tribe community in Northwest Vietnam. It was a beautiful and eye opening experience. The people in this community were so poor, yet so happy warm, which is the general vibe I received from the Vietnamese people I met. We rode bicycles and motorbikes through rice fields and mountains and experienced a few minor injuries along the way.
When we came back to Hanoi, we decided to wander around downtown and check out local museums. We went to Hanoi’s history museum which was small but very informative at the same time. We concluded the day with one last night out, which basically just turned into us having dinner and getting stuck in a torrential (seriously) downpour.
All in all, it was a seriously great trip filled with great food and excellent company.