Friday, January 30, 2015

Donuts and rickshaws

Andrew and I have officially been traveling in Southeast Asia now for over two weeks. We have taken planes, buses, ferries and trains; eaten more street food than my mother should know about; and experienced more of a culture I knew next to nothing about. We have had times of frustration, amazement, and curiosity. It has been a trip of all sorts and despite the lack of romance in these 3rd world countries, I can't imagine our honeymoon any other way. 

If you have any dreams to travel these parts of the globe, I highly recommend it. It takes a lot of patience and flexibility; ability to be away from the comforts of home (think flushing toilets); and a sense of adventure. It is like nothing I've ever seen or experienced in all my travels. I assure you, it is worth it! 

Here's what we've found so far...
• Thailand is much more westernized than I'd imagined. McDonald's, KFC, 7-11 are quite present and most Thai people speak a bit of English. 
• Pollution, carbon monoxide and cigarette smoke must lead to increased lung Cancer in these countries!
• Every male in Thailand is a monk at some point in his life, if even for just 1 week
• The rumors are true, you can get 1 hour massages for $5 and nice hotels for $20, including breakfast! 
•The New Year in Vietnam isn't celebrated until February and they party for 2 whole weeks! Times Square ball drop looks lame to these guys.
• 1 million dong in Vietnam = $47
• Toilet paper is a luxury. Hoses are a must. And holes that you stand over are the norm.
• Crossing the street should be a sporting event. Imagine the running of the bull but with motorbikes. 
• In Hanoi, Vietnam, you must want a donut or Rick-shaw ride if you are a foreigner. Every block...
• Street food is as the name implies. Food cooked right on the street. Just pull up a plastic stool. 
• Asian babies are the cutest. Gerber should get new models.
• These people know what true hard work is. We could learn a thing or two.
• Markets are in every city and town - you can find it all...tongue, pashminas, dried fruit, porcelain dishes, and puppies.
• The average income in Vietnam is $125/mo. We have so so much to be grateful for in our lives!! 

We have 10 more days to explore more of Southern Vietnam and Thailand; eat rice noodles and Papaya salad; take it all in with eyes wide open; and hang on for the ride. 

Hope everyone back home is warm, safe and with power! Xo

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