• Goodbye for now, Vietnam

    The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. There have been happy tears, sad tears, excited tears, stressed tears, and frustrated tears. Pretty much all of the tears. I arrived back to the United States at the end of February to surprise my niece for her birthday. I had 10 days planned on American soil before I was supposed to head back to Vietnam and continue on with my life as an English teacher. I planned to live, work, and travel until November. While I…

  • Rooted in Temporality

    Sometimes, unforeseen circumstances can throw a wrench in what you thought was a sensible plan. Sometimes, you duck. It’s no secret that I miss home. But it isn’t easy to base life decisions on a life you no longer live and in a place you haven’t visited in over a year. I am beginning to realize that I have not experienced a non-temporary way of thinking in a very, very long time. Definitely never as an “adult.” All of my thought processes have always been…

  • The Ticking Clock

    There’s a lot that I want to do this year, but at the same time, there is very little. It’s going to be a rather mundane year of work and figuring out what the hell I’m going to do with my life after my one-year contract is over. Will I stay here? Will I try to pursue higher education? Will I move back to the States? Travel more? Move somewhere else? I’m twenty-five, and there is a lot that I want to do. I know…

  • Home for the Holidays… or not

    I’ve been feeling a little “under the weather” lately in more ways than one; maybe it’s the pollution, maybe it’s this head cold that seems to be getting worse, maybe it’s a combination of those things with my first case of holiday blues. This year been my first ever holiday season away from home. I know that being here is a choice, and honestly, I can’t complain about my life here; it is both enjoyable and simple. But missing home during the holiday season, I…

  • 2019 Year in Review

    2019 was probably the biggest year of my life. I left home for good only a few weeks after graduating and only one week after turning 24. I traveled for a period of time that was probably too long before settling down to live in a foreign country all by myself. I’ve spent over half of my savings, I’ve been to seven new countries, I’ve made new friends and lost some, and I’ve challenged myself in ways that I never really imagined. Honestly, it’s hard…

  • What if I Never Left?

    Sometimes I think about the life I would be living if I had stayed home in the United States. If I never came to Vietnam to start my career. It’s difficult to not compare the two, especially seeing that teaching is my career. It isn’t just an odd job for quick cash like many people who come to Vietnam to teach. Things are just so vastly different in the United States when it comes to teaching. Teachers are underpaid, overworked, and underappreciated in the United…