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We have also had the opportunity to travel to some amazing places in China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Bali. We have archived all of our travels and living experiences abroad; and if you wish, you can read about our adventures by finding the archives on the right of this page and by checking our Photo Album.
We appreciate all of our family and friends who have stayed in touch and emailed us with encouraging words throughout the year. We hope you will continue to keep us in your thoughts as we continue our adventure of living abroad teaching at an international school. For those who have stumbled upon our site, check out the "About Eric and Jamie" section on the right for more information.
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Saturday, February 13, 2010
We are going to Vietnam - Its this whole other country
Jamie and I awoke at 5:00 to do our 5K run. We are now running all but 3 minutes of the 5k. We are proud of ourselves. We finished packing and took all 6 of our bags to work: 2 backpacks, 1 small carry on for Vietnam, and 3 medium size bags that Jamie's parents are taking back with them after our trip. We went throughout our day at school finishing up our narratives and watching the clock. At 4:00, we hit the door and drug our bags to the ferry terminal. I had gone that morning to purchase the tickets, and I am glad I did. It seemed like everyone in Shekou was leaving on the ferry. Despite being crowded, we left for Hong Kong central only 15 minutes late and arrived right on time at 5:30. We quickly got through immigration and hopped in a cab with all of our luggage and headed for Jamie's parents hotel in HK. They had arrived the previous day and had toured the city. We met them at 6:00, told the cab driver to wait, dropped our luggage off at the hotel, and then loaded up Jamie's parents and their and whisked away to the airport.
At this time, we had plenty of time. However, we had forgot to print our Vietnam visa permission letter, so we had to frantically run around the airport trying to find a printer. At the nice price of 50 HKD, we printed the 5 pages we needed, went through security, was at the gate for 2 minutes before we loaded the plane.
The flight was only 2 hours, which was long enough for us to rest. The border entry into Vietnam was very busy and we waited over an hour trying to get our visa stamped. We finally made it to our hotel, Tan Hai Long 3, around midnight.
Quite a busy day, but Jamie's parent made it OK, we had a whirlwind of a day, and we are now in Viet-nam - "It's this whole other coun-try" - (Forrest Gump)
Check back for more about our first day adventures in Ho Chi Minh City.