As most of you know, I’m back in the motorbike honking, coffee capital, and street food Mecca that is Vietnam. I’ve started out in Hoi An because I wanted some time by the beach and I needed to see my favorite tailor, Sewing Bee, for some tailor-made clothing for teaching. I’ll be heading to Hanoi within the next week or two and will be looking for a place to crash until my TEFL certification course starts, which includes accommodation for the 4 weeks. I don’t want to head there too early and pose the risk of being “bored,” as if that’s even possible in Hanoi.
While I wait for my course to begin in June, I’ll be working on some Hanoi/Vietnam based blog posts that I’ve been waiting to write until now. I have so many recommendations that I have been dying to share! Beyond sitting in cafes and bars and writing away, I really want to get myself back into a solid routine. I miss working out on a daily basis (which I’ve recently gotten back into!) and having my morning coffee in bed, slowly waking up for the day. That isn’t really always an option when you’re bouncing from hostels to hotels and hostels again.
While I was ready to go home after 3 months in Europe in 2017, I don’t feel that way at all this time. I remember coming home and getting into bed after 3 months of travel and thinking to myself, “now what?” It dawned on me in that moment that that was it. I’m home now. It’s over. I still had to finish school. I still wasn’t ready to go out into the world fully yet. And I was bored almost immediately. I don’t feel any desire to go home as much as I have the desire to just settle down and chill out for a while. I don’t have this immense sense of guilt for not taking advantage of where I am. I commend the digital nomads who hop around every month, but I don’t think I’m cut out for that type of thing. I’m happy with the way my life is going.
Recently, Leesa from Dreams Abroad commented on how different my life is compared to when we first touched base before I left. I had a handful of followers on Twitter and was either about to or had just graduated. But my life doesn’t feel different. From an outsider, it might look different because I went from living with my mom in Florida and working as a waitress to traveling around Southeast Asia and working on a teaching certificate, but back then, I was just waiting to leave. I was waiting to do what I’ve always wanted to do, and now I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. No doubt about it.
As always, thank you so much for reading!
Until next time,
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3 years ago today, I left the United States for the first time to backpack Europe for 3 months. Fast forward to now, it is only my second time outside of the United States. I have been gone for almost 4 full months with NO intention of returning. Today, I flew back into Vietnam, and in a few weeks, I can officially say that I *live* in this country. I never imagined that this would be my life. I am thankful and I am happy to have been able to do all that I have done, and I am even more thankful to have a future that I am truly looking forward to. I stopped dreaming & started planning. I made my dreams a reality. Have you?