Day 253: Acropolis 6/23/2016



Syd had the bright idea of doing everything before it got hot, so we headed for the Acropolis bright and early. She wasn’t the only genius today and the place was PACKED! I did my best to take everything in and enjoy it. At least we weren’t dealing with Chinese crowds where they’ll push and shove you. Here it’s just a bit packed. The view from the top was gorgeous, I kept staring out into the city and thinking this has been here for over 2 thousand years and the layout of the city is relatively the same. It’s just a lot to take it.

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Acropolis Museum

The museum is really cool. It’s actually built on top of the site of the ruins of the old homes of people that worked at the Acropolis over 2 milleniums ago. It contained pottery and sculptures from excavation sites and the Acropolis itself. I came to the realization that I’ve seen a lot of old shit this year and it’s really cool to be able to compare one ancient civilization to another. Looking at these sculptures and comparing them to the Terracotta Warriors was interesting. I noticed that both cultures put a ton of detail into their work, but the Greeks worked with marble, so what they created was a bit more impressive. BUT on the other hand the quantity and the quality of the warriors cannot be overlooked. Either way it’s just cool to see two ancient civilizations create things so similarly with no interaction with each other. It goes to show that we’re all human and at some point regardless of culture and upbringing we’re all prone to do the same things.


We took a break around noon and took a nice long nap. We never really recovered from the jet lag of leaving SE Asia.


We went back to explore a flea market we had walked by the other day. It was fun walking around and looking at all the stupid nik nacks. I had grown so accustomed to seeing the same stupid buddhas, terracotta warriors, lucky cats, dragons, chopsticks, buddha beads, ect that it was refreshing to see another country’s equivalent. While we were there we treated ourselves to some icecream.

Late Lunch/Early Dinner

We stopped at an outdoor cafe for our meal. It was cute enough and was a decent spot to do some people watching. I ordered a gyro, which is the first time I ever had one and I got to experience that in Greece! It was absolutely delicious! Syd got a Greek Pizza, it wasn’t the best and she looks so sad when she’s disappointed so we shared my meal.


We packed up and worked on the blog. Off to Santorini tomorrow!


I saw a roadside booth that sold Monsters, energy drink. I hadn’t had one since we were back in the states and I always enjoyed them back then. I was really excited to get my hands on it again, but man…. Shits strong, like unnecessarily so. I had gotten use to the smaller and less sugary energy drinks from China. They were good enough to wake you up and allowed you to function properly, but monsters are way too big and contain way too much sugar. I was so amped when we were exploring the Acropolis and that nap we took was necessary because I was coming down from a mad sugar high.

Greeks are fucking awesome. We walked into a store with a little old lady in it. She was super laid back and told us to explore her shop at our leisure she wasn’t going to bother us and try to make a sale. Instead she said she’ll be in her corner and if we have any questions feel free to ask. It was really refreshing not getting pressured to buy things she has a good read on her customers when they come in. Syd had mentioned the Evil Eye multiple times and I saw a small one made of glass that would fit on her necklace perfectly. I wanted to get it for her, but when I went to pay for it the little old lady said that it was fine and that we could just take it. Seriously Greeks are awesome!


First full day in Athens! YAY! We got ready and headed to the breakfast. The food was amazing and I definitely got my fill. We got up earlier than we thought so we chilled around the room for a little and slowly got ready for the day after breakfast.

First stop of the day was the Acropolis. We wanted to do everything in the morning before it got to hot. Apparently everyone had that idea because the line was pretty long but we got in and Wally could use his student id. I left mine in the hotel but from now on I will carry it with me. It was fun again watching Wally’s reactions to everything and his face when we got to the top and he saw the Parthenon and the view from the top of the Acropolis for the first time. The view was just as amazing as last time. It was a perfectly clear day and no humidity. Man it is nice to be out of the humidity. We hung out at the top for a little and took pictures and walked around. Next, the museum.

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The museum was beautiful. It was nice and ACed as well. The museum is put together really well. We really enjoyed it. We ended up leaving at a perfect time because when we left, the line to get in was out the door.

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We came back to the hotel and took a nap. MMM naps!!! Once we felt all refreshed and revived. We headed back out and explored the bazaar that is near the Starbucks we went to yesterday. It was fun and we picked up a couple of things for ourselves. Along the way we found a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream stand and I had 2 scoops of flavors they did not have back home. It was so tasty. Wally got some as well. It was so refreshing on a hot day. We walked end to end and when we came back we found a fun little restaurant to eat late lunch/early dinner. Wally got pork gyros and I got Greek pizza. It was everything in a Greek salad just on a pizza. It was not the best but Wally’s was amazing so we switched.


We came back to the hotel and packed up because it’ off to the island tomorrow!! YAY! I am so excited to get to Santorini since I have only heard wonderful things and my aunt and uncle talk so highly of it. 


Day 252: Athens :) 6/22/20126



Man what a day… In total we traveled for over 12 hours today… Air Serbia isn’t the most glamorous airlines and they have you PACKED into your seats. It was only a 5 hour flight, but I started to get extremely stir crazy. We had a layover in Belgrade and Syd has had some horrible experiences with layovers before so she was stressing a bit. Luckily for us it all went off without a hitch and this time we were RIGHT in front of the plane so we had a few more inches of legroom.



It’s really cool out here. Super chill vibes. I’d equate it to the same atmosphere of sitting next to a beachside bonfire on a warm summer’s night. Everyone here just goes at their own pace and are just at peace with things. Another thing that blows my mind is the sheer amount of history around EVERY corner! I lost count how many wow moments I’ve had since we’ve landed. There is a lot of graffiti on all the buildings and Syd mentioned that it wasn’t so prevalent last time she was here. It must be because of the economic crisis that’s been going on here.

When we were done taking our short walk around the city we came back to the hotel and enjoyed a couple of cocktails on the bar. When we read the ingredients of the drinks they sounded SOOOO delicious, but they ended up tasting like medicine… Whatever… That’s what we get for trying to be fancy.

Also I’m pretty sure we’re going to die in the elevator at our hotel. It’s jolted a few times already and the doors don’t open all the way sometimes…

Side note

Coming back into a western society you are reminded that everything is so damn expensive here! But you know what you’re actually paying for with the uber inflated prices? Infrastructure. Seriously having drinking water from the tap, proper roads and just good western hospitality is worth the inflated prices.


Man, I am going to be ready when we do not have early flights anymore. We got up and got everything situated. We headed downstairs and waited for the taxi that Lina called for us. It is great being able to actually talk to the taxi drivers, they understand you and other then the bump in the road yesterday it is easy breezy! The Middle East has been awesome and I have no complaints! I would love to come back and see more of the sites and go into the buildings. The picture below is of the Grand Mosque and I would love to go inside next time. Sorry it is a little blurry we were in the car on the way to the airport.

**Also, mom the picture below shows I did eat before I got on the plane in Abu Dhabi ;). You and Wally are so annoying!!!!

When we got to the airport it took awhile to get checked in because they could not find Wally’s name and they were questioning if we needed a visa or not since we were stopping in Belgrade on our way to Athens. It got all cleared up and we were on our way to the gate. When we got to the gate we Skyped my mom for a little and I talked to my dad. I can’t believe I see my dad next week! It’s crazy! This trip has just flown by and now we are coming up to the end of it. NO no I do not want to think about that!! I am enjoying Athens.

The first flight I slept most of but yes we were very cramped and it was hard to move around! It was awful! The food was not bad, they served Serbian Beef Pie, I took a couple of bites then gave it to Wally. We were both pretty antsy and this was just a long and cramped flight. We landed in Serbia and they told us which gate to head to. Ugh, I had flights with stops! I have had one to many bad experiences so I was a little on edge. Luckily everything went off without a hitch and we were on the next plane to Athens!

This flight was nicer since we sat in the first row and had so much more room. We got little sandwiches and cookies for a flight that was only an hour and twenty minutes.

Side note – a lot of Europeans  make comments that Americans are not traveled, well you can fly from Belgrade, Serbia to Athens, Greece and go on holiday like its no big deal. When I fly 1 hour and 20 minutes I get to the capital of my state or one state over! It is really irritating when people say that, most do not realize how big the US really is.

After our flight we got through customs, changed some money and I was able to pull out my change little Paris change purse and we ended up with more money since I had left over from the last time I was here. I scheduled a driver to pick us up and he was nice and efficient. We were at the hotel in no time. The elevators are very scary and it is much easier to just walk up and down the stairs so we do not die.

Once settled we walked to Starbucks to get our cups and found out that they do not have one on Santorini so we do not have to worry about that cup. Sweet! Less weight to pack! We sat and people watched for a bit and enjoyed. We stopped at a few shops and picked up some little things and enjoyed seeing the little shops/scouted where we will walk around tomorrow. The walk was lovely and it was cool to see Wally so excited over the sites and the history. Also, for the first time in awhile he would say “OMG that smells amazing” and I would agree. That did not happen often in China! HAHA he would walk by stinky tofu and start salivating and I would gag, its cool to be in a place where we both think the food smells good.

We got back and went to the rooftop bar to see the view of the Acropolis and have a drink. We tried to order cool sounding drinks and they tasted like cough syrup but they came in cool glasses, well Wally’s did. The view was beautiful and the company was not to bad either ;).


Now off to bed and enjoying a full day tomorrow.



Day 251: My dreams came true 6/21/2016



Syd was awesome and let me sleep last night and sleep in today. She even finished up the laundry! Might I also add that it’s nice being able to actually wash our clothes with a machine. We did the best we could after Thailand to hand wash some of our clothes, but I could never trust myself to really do a great job. Another thing that’s a bit weird is touching hot clothes out of the dryer, we haven’t had that luxury in almost a year!

Heading out

I’ve been on a kick on eating at every McDonald’s in every country we’re in. I’ve discovered that they have food unique to the region. So, we started to walk over to the one nearby, it’s only a 30 min walk, but the heat got to us and we got a cab. I showed our driver where we needed to go on the map, which was on 6th street, and he ended up taking us down to another 6th street 2 blocks over. I tried to show him on the map over and over again that we’re here and we need to go here, but the language barrier was too much. We got out of the car and trekked our way over to the McDonalds. Unfortunately because of Ramadan it was closed.

According to Ramadan rules you’re not allowed to eat or drink in public from sun up till sundown. I get that this is an Arabic country and most people are Muslim, but there are plenty of expats and it sucks to be forced to adhere to this country’s customs. As I’m typing this I’m hearing myself and it sounds a bit elitist or ignorant that I don’t want to do as the Romans do, but I guess I’m just use to America and the freedom to do whatever the fuck I want when I want. Then again our pledge of allegiance includes under God. Now I’m just contradicting myself. Whatever I WANT MY FUCKING MCDONALDS! It is just strange that all restaurants out here do this and you cannot find any food anywhere.

We ended up going to the Marina Mall to explore what it had to offer. It was interesting to see that like our malls back home they had most of the same shops and offer the same food.

Emirates Palace

This place is gorgeous, inside and out. We had gone earlier in the day, but I was turned back because I was wearing shorts… Yup shorts… My calves proved to be too much for for these Arabs. Whatever. When we finally got there Syd got to live her dream and walk down the steps where the cast of Fast 7 walked.


We decided to order McDonald’s for delivery because we were done being out in the heat and humidity. Syd got a Big Mac and I got a MEGA MAC!!! It’s just a Big Mac with extra patties, but I hadn’t seen that back home before and well it’s unique to here so I figured I’d try it.

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I woke up early this morning and chilled until Wally woke up. When he finally did we hung out and decided what to do today. We wanted to explore the city as much as possible. We headed to the signs of the Etihad Towers.

I saw where the car crashed to the ground in Fast 7. Again, I am dying. We started to walk to Starbucks but it was to hot so we got a taxi, this guy gave us a run around and took us a block from where we were supposed to go so we walked. Well because of Ramadan, everything was closed and would not reopen until 6pm. I love the Middle East but do not come during Ramadan. You cannot eat or drink in public and most places do not open again until 7 or 8 pm. It is so frustrating. We got another taxi to Marina Mall but again everything was closed and this place looks deserted. We headed home and decided to pack up our bags since there is nothing to do right now outside. We reorganized and are ready for our flight bright and early to Athens tomorrow morning.

Lina’s husband came home and introduced himself, Johnny, he is very nice and has a strong Irish accent. We talked to him for a little bit then went to the Emirates Palace. We recreated the walk down the steps like the movie and went inside. Again, everything was deserted and we took some pics and left. The hotel had a driver take us back to Marina Mall. It definitely had more people than earlier. We were able to get our Starbucks cups. I was starting to get hangry but no food places are open so we came back and will have food delivered when restaurants open again.

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Lina was kind enough to order us McDonald’s for delivery and we all chatted until the food came. We all ate together and chatted for a couple of hours. Now off to bed and another early flight.

Day 250: Off to Abu Dhabi 6/20/2016

Wally & Sydney

We’re sad to be leaving Dubai today. The hotel and our stay here has been amazing. We headed down to the best breakfast ever one last time. We took some traveling food so we would have food for Dubai. MMMM bagels. We came back up to the room and chilled, finished packing up, and Wally took a nap. When we were checking out Syd took pictures of the cars that are just parked outside the hotel and you can rent for the day if you are a guest of the hotel.

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Check-out time came and we were off to Abu Dhabi! The taxi had no problem taking us to the next city. It was only about an hour and 15 minute drive.We saw the Aldar building along the way. Along with some other cool Abu Dhabi buildings.

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Then we pulled up to the towers where we are staying. Syd didn’t put it together what towers we were staying in until she saw the sign. We are staying in the buildings where they jumped the cars in Fast 7. HOLY BALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Syd was freaking out. She could barely breathe in the car she was so giddy and excited. BEST AIRBNB EVER!!!! We pay the taxi driver and go inside and realize we are at the wrong tower. No biggie though we headed to the other tower which was a 30 second walk to the entrance. We got all checked in and headed to the room.

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This place is unbelievable!! It is incredible and the pictures do not do it justice and she should be charging a lot moreIMG_4981

We started some laundry and began to reorganize our stuff for the rest of the trip. Lina came home and we chatted with her for awhile (the host of the AirBNB.) She is so nice and so worldly! She speaks lots of languages and does the Airbnb to meet new people. We talked to her for awhile and she explained that the Fast movie was shot 3 floors from where we are staying in this tower. Syd just about died on the spot. She met the whole cast and worked with them so closely and was on a first name basis. Syd literally squealed. After she finished freaking out, Lina headed out and we worked on our stuff. We knew today would be a wash of doing things since we wanted to repack and do laundry. It is fine we have all day tomorrow to explore.

We went and got dinner in the grocery store that the buildings have and came and sat at a dinner table to watch the sunset and eat. It was a perfect evening. The view is not as clear because a dust storm came through but we didn’t care we still thought it was beautiful.

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Unfortunately Wally was not feeling that well so he showered and headed to bed. I finished laundry and watched all the buildings light up for awhile. The view is incredible and I could be here forever. I am in love with Abu Dhabi as much as Dubai.




Day 249: Dubai! 6/19/2016


It was an amazing day

Water Park

I can’t remember if I said in the previous post that I hadn’t been in a water park since I was a kid. I’m having a ton of fun here with Syd; floating down the lazy river, riding slides and people watching.

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Afternoon Snacks

Seriously this room is awesome! We have breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and evening snacks. There is no need to pay for anything other than getting your ass out here and booking a room.


The aquarium here is a stand alone attraction, it doesn’t have as much variety as other aquariums I’ve been to, but the way it’s designed is amazing. It looks like we’re underwater in an air pocket and peering into the lost city of Atlantis. There is a spot where they have cushions on the floor and you can sit down and gaze upon their MASSIVE tank that holds over 20 different species of fish and I’m guessing thousands of fish. It’s cool sitting down and feeling like you’re a part of the tank

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Chilling by the pool

This really is a nice break from all the traveling we’ve been doing. Staying at a luxury resort where we’ve been pampered and cared for is what we needed. I now understand better what it means when people say they need a vacation from their vacation. But man was it HOT today… It was 108 degrees with humidity… I seriously can’t wait to get back to dry heat.

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Happy Hour

I can’t say this enough that this room pays for itself. At happy hour you get UNLIMITED drinks and snacks. That’s dangerous.

Rest of the night

Spent in bed watching TV and relaxing.

Side note

It’s Ramadan here in the Middle East and there are restrictions on not only people that observe the holiday, but for us as well. While we were in the lobby I had my arms around Syd’s waist and kissing her forehead when an employee told us to stop and to respect the holiday. Ummm…. Sure thing dude it’s not like I was ALL over her and acting inappropriately and if you want me to observe the holiday respectively then put up some signs, I’ll be more than happy to comply. Then on the way back from the water park Syd was told she was dressed inappropriately as well. They felt that she wasn’t covered up enough in observance of Ramadan. She had a sarong on and it covered EVERYTHING, but they were still on her. At one point in the afternoon our room received a call from guest services to ask how our stay here has been. We told them about the incidences and they apologized profusely because they don’t allow their employees to do that. The Atlantis recognizes that they’re catering to foreigners that may not know or care to observe Muslim holidays. Apparently we weren’t the only ones that have been picked on by the staff and the person over the phone said that they’ll be having a staff meeting to remind them that they need to back off.

I can’t remember if I already mentioned this, but my middle name is F. Literally just one letter. I don’t know if my parents misread the form and thought it was just an initial or something, but that’s my middle name, F.  Well Syd couldn’t properly check me into the flight because my middle name doesn’t meet the minimum letter requirement for the log in page…. I’ve also been stopped multiple times at the airport to confirm that F is indeed my middle name. Thanks fam!


This hotel is beautiful and has some really nice flower pieces.

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First I want to wish my dad, Ralphie, and Michael a happy father’s day! Hope you guys had a great day!!! Sending love from Dubai.

Woke up and my back finally was not hurting as bad. Man, whatever I did to it killed me yesterday. I am glad I can actually sit up on my own without Wally having to carry me/help me do everything. We got dressed and headed to breakfast. We stopped again and looked at all the fish. It is so beautiful and such a nice sight to see while going to breakfast.

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Breakfast was amazing and even better than yesterday because I could actually enjoy it instead of being half asleep while eating! I finally was able to eat a salad and could trust eating it. It was beautiful.


After breakfast we came back and got ready to hit the pool. We wanted to hit the other slides and relax this morning before it gets too hot and we are forced to be inside. The thing that sucks is that us being here just the 2 of us is that some of rides you need minimum 3 people so we had to wait until other people came and rode the rides with us. We had such a great time. We lazed about and dried off then came back up to the hotel. We came back up to our room for a little in order to get more sunscreen and clean up and head back to the pool. The pool was great even though it was 108 degrees outside.

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Today has been so relaxing and I am so happy we are here. Booking this room at the Atlantis pays for itself. There is so many perks and it is just amazing!!!! When we went in I was wearing a sarong and they told me to cover up more because it is Ramadan, there is no sign anywhere about covering up! I have a sarong wrapped like a dress and unless you see the slit on the side it is for all intents and purposes a dress. I have no problem being respectful but give me a little explanation and why is it that I have worn this all day and now someone is telling me something. You are a beachfront resort, you are lucky I have a sarong on walking back to my room. This happened 3 more times throughout the day, I changed into a romper and it did not happen after that. I found out that the reason someone said something was because my sarong was too see through (it was white). So strange. Also, the sarong covered more then the low cut tank top and jean shorts I was wearing earlier did. How is it no one said anything in the morning about covering up and now all of a sudden in my sarong people are telling me that it is inappropriate.

After we were done being in the heat we came back up to the room to pack up a little and cool off. We went to the afternoon tea that is included and we ate and drank for about 2 hours. We went to see The Lost Chambers and walk around and see the aquarium and take a look at the albino alligators.

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We also saw some of the photos that they hotel took when we were going down the slides at the water park.

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We came back to the room and chilled until the evening cocktails and snacks were available. I am so sad that we are leaving tomorrow. I am having such a good time. The evening cocktails was amazing! We got fed again and I got 6 free cocktails. I got a nice buzz on and it was all free!! Awesome! I love the Atlantis and being an Imperial Club member.

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We came back to the room and chilled the rest of the night. Dubai has been great and I am so glad we were able to come. I cannot wait to come back here.

Day 248: Dubai 6/18/2016



Man….. Emirites is awesome…. They treat their passengers like people and not cattle. Additionally, their onboard entertainment is on point! Tons of movies and shows to choose from and on a massive screen. The flight went pretty smoothly and we even landed close to an hour early!

Airport Pick Up

Dubai is SWANKY! Our pick up a nice ass Mercedes and our driver was a wealth of knowledge. We drove past the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and we took a ton of pictures. I have to say that this building isn’t as impressive as seeing the Shanghai Tower, 2nd tallest building in the world. The Shanghai Tower is impressive because it’s the same circumference from the base to the top, but the Burj Khalifa thins out significantly as it gets to the top. It’s like stacking tooth picks on top of a Lincoln log tower.

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This place is nice and super accommodating. We showed up SUPER early, 5:30 AM, and check in is normally at 3 pm and when we emailed them they said they’ll try to get us a room by noon. Luckily when we showed up a room was already available. We got helped up to the room and started to unpack. The view from our room is really cool because you can see the Burj Khalifa and the Sail from our balcony.


OMG THIS BREAKFAST BUFFET IS LEGIT! We haven’t had food this good in a long long time and we welcomed the western meal. =) Their selection was great and everything they made was quality.

Water Park

I really didn’t know what to expect. I can’t even remember the last time I was at a water park, but Syd was super excited to ride everything. But first we had to sail down the lazy river. We hadn’t really slept all day and I just wanted to float. What was cool about this river that it occasionally had “rapids” which made it interesting. The water slides themselves were really fun because I got to ride it with Syd in a double inner tube. We normally don’t get to ride thrill rides together because they’re usually too much for Syd’s motion sickness, but water slides don’t have the same effect for some reason.

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Hotel Room

Man we were pampered! There was a bit of a misunderstanding with the viewing of Finding Dori because we thought this Atlantis had a cinema on the grounds, but because of that misunderstanding they gave us a couple of free Finding Dori bags. Additionally this is the first place in our year together that did anything when we told them it was our anniversary. They send up a cake that said congratulations on it. It wasn’t very good, but it was the thought that counts. We spent he rest of the night just chatting with people and watched some tv.


I gave the chocolates to the stewardess who was standing near where Wally and I were sitting and she was so surprised because no one has ever done that before. I am glad we surprised her, hopefully we will get hooked up. Well, after we got settled she came back with a bog filled with first class swag! It was amazing! Throughout the flight the other stewardesses came and thanked us as well. They served the first meal right away but I did not eat to much since I wanted to sleep. I tried to watch so many movies but I was not feeling well on this flight. I ended up sleeping for about 4 hours of the flight. Along with the first class swag, we also got, 2 bottles of bailey’s, extra cokes and sprites, champagne, chocolate, extra snacks and a picture frame. I love Emirates!! It was amazing and such a good flight. I will absolutely fly them again if the opportunity presents itself.


We landed about an hour early and normally it’s great when you do but I was worried about checking into the hotel and if our car was here to pick us up. We found the driver and we were in such a nice Mercedes.


Our driver was filled with info and told us all about the UAE. It was a nice and fun car ride to the hotel.

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The hotel had a room available and we were able to get checked in at about 5am, and with this we were able to go and enjoy the breakfast.

**Side note- on the freeway driving in we passed an Olive Garden. Super Random but kind of funny of all the restaurants we see is an Olive Garden.

The breakfast buffet was amazing!!! So many options, and bagels!! So much food and a very relaxing morning. When Wally and I got back up to the hotel we Skyped my dad for a little but the connection was not great and we will be seeing him soon anyways. Then my back started hurting. I almost fell to the floor because I was in so much pain. I do not know what is going on but damn it hurts!

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I worked through the pain and we went to the water park, rode most of the slides in the first park and lazed about in the river. Next we moved to the beach and the pool. We are staying in the Imperial Club so we have a private area. The pool was great and so refreshing. We were both getting pretty overheated and it does not help that we are so tired since we have not really slept since now 2 nights ago when we last slept in a bed.

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The room we booked includes breakfast everyday and an afternoon tea. We went to pick up our Starbucks cup and got some Cold Stone as an afternoon treat before heading to the afternoon tea. These snacks were amazing!! We again stuffed our faces with all the little snacks and drinks. I am good until breakfast tomorrow. We came back up to the room and took a nap. After we cleaned up the room and Skyped my mom and Ralphie and Matt for awhile. We had a great connection with Matt but not really with the parents. Oh well,we will talk to them again soon. My back has not stopped hurting all day, it is hard to move, walk, and stand. I am hoping a good night’s sleep with make everything better. Time for bed and a movie. I am in love with Dubai.


Day 247: Last Day in Vietnam 6/17/2016



Woke up at 5:45 AM and had our breakfast. This place wasn’t as nice as the one in Ho Chi Minh, but I can’t pass up a free meal. Our guide met up with us and we took off to the floating market. We’re originally scheduled to do a lot more, but to be honest we we’re kind of over Vietnam and what it had to offer. It really wasn’t what I was expecting.  Nothing really wowed me about this place other than the food. The areas in which the tour took us weren’t really all that well developed and just had a dirty feel to it. So, instead of doing EVERYTHING that was planned for today I explained to our guide that we’d just like to do the floating market and skip everything else.

Floating Market

The early morning boat ride was actually kind of nice. Having the fresh air hit your face in the morning was a great way to wake up. The floating market wasn’t what I had envisioned, in my mind’s eye I saw the river overrun with small boats filled to the brim with produce and farmers hooking themselves to your ship in hopes of selling you goods. Instead we saw these old run down boats, it’s amazing that they’re even still afloat. Our guide went on to explain that each boat has a pole extended and on the pole they attach the type of produce they’re selling. For example, if someone is a carrot farmer than their pole is adorned with carrots, so that people from afar know to go to him/her for it. However, if a boat has a coconut leaf than that means that they’re selling their boat. The boats themselves also act as the homes for the families. If one were to sink than that’s it. They’ll be left homeless and without jobs. Our guide went on to explain that these people live their entire lives on the boats and they’re passed on from generation to generation. The people on the boats are mostly illiterate and only know how to read numbers. The children do not get a proper education because they’re always on the move and cannot go to any one school for an extended period of time. So, there is a good portion of the population in Vietnam that is illiterate. They’re stuck doing menial tasks and hard labor for the rest of their lives with no hope of any upward mobility.

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Back at the hotel

We had 8 hours to kill once we got to the hotel, so we finalized our packing. OMG Emirates allows for 30 kg for their check ins, for reference most flights only allow 20 kg. We were able to lighten the loads of our carry ons thanks to that. We then spent the rest of the time watching movies and TV shows. I discovered this shitty reality TV show called “Arranged” and it’s about couples that are you guessed it arranged to be married and it follows them from before the marriage to after. It’s a shit show, like shit hitting the fan show, it’s amazing….

At the airport

I’ll let Syd cover that.

Closing thoughts about Asia as a whole

There’s a lot of poverty here and not a whole lot of hope of upward mobility if you’re born in the rural areas. It really brings into perspective the opportunities and the life we have back home. It makes you appreciate things so much more. I’d rather live below the poverty line in America than in any other country. I use to wonder about things like that. Why would day laborers at Home Depot want to work SO HARD for SO LITTLE and now it all makes sense. Even the lowest of lows in America is better than what they’d have to deal with back home and it’s worth the amount of back breaking work they put themselves through.


The hotel breakfast was not the best and was not the worst. I was not feeling  that great this morning again. I really want this cold to either come full force or go away, this half as shit is irritating. We got loaded up and went to the floating market. It was really different then what I expected but still fun and I am glad we saw one in SE Asia.

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We finished rather quickly and I was so ready for night to be here and for us to be on the airplane out of Asia. I am done!!! On our 4 hour drive back to the city I started to have really bad cramps and the worst motion sickness I felt like I was going to throw up with my cramps. I am really not looking forward to flying tonight. The rest of the drive went by pretty quickly and we had Mr. Hugh and Law stop at a few other places to get some stuff done before we got to our hotel. Lunch was uneventful.

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We finished up our stops and I got a free coffee from Starbucks because I completed a survey so it was a good day. Wally and I showered and got ready for the flight tonight. We wanted to make sure our suitcases were loaded up and everything was where it should be. We were able to nap and watch some tv. I love Arranged, it is my new guilty pleasure. After awhile it was time to go and they picked us up and took us to the airport. Law played the flute for us and sang us a goodbye song. He said that we were not his favorite tour group because I was sick and he said I did not get to enjoy everything as much as I could of. Whatever. I enjoyed it enough.

There was no traffic and w got to the airport in about 15 minutes, we had to wait about 30 until the Emirates line was open for us to check in and then shit hit the fan.

Well, I believe I explained all the issues we had coming into Vietnam and the fact that I was grilled on why I was in Cambodia, my flight out of Vietnam and why I was there. Well, now it is worse. As most know, Wally is the pack mule and I get us all checked into flights, take care of the bags and make sure we are good to go to get on the flight. I get to the counter and Wally heads off to the side with our carry-ons.

  1. The guy asks how long we have been in Vietnam…You have my passport dumbass and you are looking at the visa, I am not lying when I say 3 days. (He proceeds to keep looking at me and the visa a few times).
  2. He asks when we are leaving Dubai. (I explained twice that we are taking a car to Abu Dhabi and leaving from there). He asks why are we driving and do we have a confirmation of it. (No, we are taking a taxi since it is all of an hour and a half away.)
  3. Next, he asks for our tickets leaving the UAE….THE FUCK DO YOU CARE WHEN I AM LEAVING ANOTHER COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!! I am out of your shithole of a country, leave me the fuck alone!!!!!! (He says he needs to see my tickets leaving the UAE or he will nor hand back the passports, I show him. The problem is I have e-tickets and he starts to write on them and I begin to yell “WTF, dude those are my tickets you cannot write on them!” He states he needs to show someone else and go talk to someone before we can move on. He comes back about 5 minutes later and finally I can check my bags in.
  4. Dude – “Why is your husband not here to put the bag on if this is his luggage?” Me- “Well he is waiting with our carry-ons. This is my job and that is his job.” Dude – “Fine, he needs to bring the carry-on’s over so that I can weigh them and tag them.” Me – “ok, (I waive Wally to come over).” Dude – “You have too many carry-ons and they are too big.” (How is that possible I have been on smaller planes with more shit in the last week and there was no issue. The asshole makes me check my backpack and everything inside and weigh out my rolling carry-on. I have to sign a piece of paper saying that I will make it smaller and cut weight when it is checked at the gate.) Whatever, just get me the fuck out of Vietnam. This place sucks except the food. The food is amazing! Oh, not to mention the fact that I am explaining how my purse fits in my other bag but I keep it separate for security. He keeps saying his English is not that good and he does not understand. Well you had no problem grilling me on leaving another country that is not yours but now you cannot speak English that well. Real convenient prick!

FINALLY, we got everything checked and we were heading into security/customs!! Then I got grilled again about why I was in Vietnam, where we are going next and when we are leaving the Middle East. Then the asshole finally let me through. The rest of security was easy and Wally and I got some food. We Skyped my mom for a few before we boarded and I picked up some chocolates for my plane trick. Off to Dubai and out of Asia. Deuces!

Day 246: Rural Vietnam 6/16/2016



Had breakfast and met up with our guide to head down to the Mekong Delta. It was an hour and a half car ride to get to where we needed to go, but we filled the void by watching the Princess Bride and napping.

Mekong Delta

We went island hopping within the delta. Now this wasn’t like Thailand where we were on a strong speed boat, nor did it feel as surreal. Instead we were on a boat a step up from what Tom Sawyer floated down the Mississippi in and the islands weren’t tropical at all. Instead it was populated by rural farmers that did their best to cater to tourists. On the islands we saw a honey farm and had some stuff straight from the source. Pure unprocessed honey isn’t as sweet as the stuff you squeeze out of the bear. Syd was such a trooper the whole time we were there. The area in which they served us their dried fruits and teas was right next to the beehives and when they served us our things a group of bees immediately started swarming the honey container as well as our tea cups where the honey was poured. Syd was visibly shaken by the whole thing, but she sat through it till we finished.

Afterwards we went to another market area where they all sold the same touristy stuff; wooden utensils, embroidered bags, tea sets and other stupid stuff. Syd perused around the stalls and just tested out her haggling skills.

We then had a snack at a local fruit plantation. It would have been nice to say we had great fresh fruit, but what was given to us tasted less than fresh. It was brought out to us in slices and when we bit into it, it almost felt like it had been sitting around for a while. Needless to say we didn’t finish our fruit.

We also rode a small boat down a narrow “river”. It was so congested with other tour groups that we were bumper to bumper for a lot of the ride. It was hardly enjoyable because with each hit it felt like we could capsize.


In order to get to our lunch we hopped to another island and there we rode a horse drawn carriage. Well in reality it was an oversized pony pulling a cart…. This tour tries to be classy, but it falls short in what this country has to offer. The place in which we had lunch was actually really nice compared to what we had been going through. The food was decent enough, but just wasn’t to Syd’s liking, like a whole fish. Either way we had our fill, but in the middle of our lunch a huge storm started passing through. Which made it so that we couldn’t go to the last island, which I’m fine with because I was OVER it.

Ride to hotel

It was a rough ride because of the heavy storms it got the best of me and I started to get pretty car sick. Also the entire time I had to piss like a racehorse… The ride into Can Tho was pretty though because the city was sitting in the eye of the storm so the sun just beamed down onto it.


We walked over to the mall next door in search of something safe to eat for Syd. She’s been having stomach issues since we left Thailand and hadn’t had a bowel movement since. We ended up finding a place that was the Vietnamese equivalent to Carl’s Jr. Problem was like most Asian countries they were close, but not qutie there, so Syd was left disappointed, but we did find a Baskin Robbins, so at least she got a good dessert.

Side note

While on the island our guide pointed out a shack to us. It had bamboo walls packed with mud for insulation and the roof was made out of coconut leaves. He explained to us that for the people on the island that is a typical starter home for newlyweds. There they will spend the first 10-20 years of their marriage while they save up to build their “retirement” home. Their retirement home is a concrete shack… Man it really brings things into perspective.

Our guide is definitely a country boy. At the market he was super excited over a simple toy. It was a wind up toy where two pigs are attached by a string and when you separate them they come back together and kiss. He fucking lost his shit when he saw it. “Oh! This was my favorite toy as a boy growing up” He then proceeded to pull apart ALL the pigs in the stand and cheered as they “kissed”. Also at one point he hopped up and snagged a leaf from a tree and rolled it up and started to blow into it. “As a boy I would make all sorts of noises with these leaves, it was a lot of fun”. Man as a boy I loved playing with my Nintendo and Playstations I can’t imagine just being stuck with a wind up toy and a leaf.

Another thing about our guide is that he’s “special”. When we were on our river boat ride he was “helping” the other women out by paddling as well, but the problem was his paddle was broken and he wasn’t really doing anything, but he was still paddling away. It’s like giving the annoying kid brother a controller that’s not plugged in.

All in all he’s a weird little dude, but his heart is in the right place and all he wants is to be a good guide for us. I guess the best way to describe him is that he’s the one nerd in the group that everyone will make fun of, but if an outsider were to mess with him you’d get really protective over him. I do ultimately wish the best for him.


Woke up and headed for breakfast at the hotel. I would recommend this hotel Edenstar to anyone staying in Ho Chi Minh. When we finished we loaded up and headed downstairs to check out since we are going to a new city and different hotel today. Mr. Hugh and Law helped us with our bags and we were on our way. The first stop is an hour and a half drive away. I was getting car sick so I fell asleep until just about when we got there. When we got out we were at a bus station but it was also a boat station. The whole time Wally and I thought we were going to get on a bus because Law has such a thick accent.

The boat ride was pretty rickety and I was a little scared it would break and we would fall into the Mekong River.

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We had our own private boat which was nice and we zipped across the water to Unicorn Island.


They had some little shops and I picked up some trinkets. The first stall we went to was were we were surrounded by bees and were given different types of honey and honey tea. I do not like bugs so I was really uncomfortable the whole time because I was afraid of getting stung. Once we finished up we were given a fruit platter and let me tell you we are spoiled back home. I have yet to have delicious fresh fruit since moving out of California. I cannot wait to have safe to eat fresh fruit at my beck and call. Next we were taken on a boat ride around the river with these little old ladies paddling us along.


They paddled us to our other boat that brought us here and we noticed a storm moving in. We are hoping that we do not get caught in it because the waters will be rough and we will probably get soaked.

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The next island was where we were to have lunch. We had a little bit of a walk to where our horse drawn cart was. It was straight out of the 1700’s and the Amish have nicer carts and healthier horses then these people do. I am pretty sure my ass is bruised from the ride. We came to the restaurant and like before our meal was ready for us. I tried everything but was not a big fan. Then the torrential downpour started.

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Wally and I finished lunch and got Law. We were supposed to see another island but it was pouring and we were ready to be back in town. Law was fine with is and we headed to the car. The last stop of the day was another 2 1/2 hour car ride. UGH, so much driving today. I made myself go to sleep right away since I knew I was going to get car sick. Wally and I slept for a majority of the ride but then we both woke up and had to pee so bad. Well, we will have to wait awhile to go so we held it. The road was bumpy and it was awful. The rain was coming down so hard when we were driving at some points that you could not see the road in front of the car. It was scary but totally fine.

We got into our hotel and it is not as nice as the one we stayed at in Ho Chi Minh but it is only one night. They gave us some orange juice, the orange juice here always tastes like Tang/ Sunny D mixed in one glass. Wally and I said bye to Law and Mr. Hugh.

Wally and I were starving so we got our stuff ready and went to get dinner. I have not really eaten since breakfast so we headed to the mall next door. There was a Burger King but it was closed so we went and got another burger place. It was not great so I picked at my fries and we went to Baskin Robbins for dessert. I had caramel cookie crunch!!!!! AMAZEBALLS!!!! We sat and talked for awhile and it was nice.

When we finally came back to the hotel we rearranged our bags and got checked into our flight for tomorrow. Off to Dubai on Emirates. Oh ya, and Emirates allows 30 kgs for economy class!! Sweet!! We got to take stuff out of our carry ons and put it in our check in luggage so everything is lighter and we still have 12 kgs left over. I have been getting rid of stuff and minus the fact that we moved out of a country, on all our other trips I have been packing a lot lighter.

Vietnam is cool but I would only come back if we are staying in Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi, I don’t really have a desire to come back to the rural areas. The food was great and the city reminded us of Shanghai. I am ready to be out of Asia though. Tomorrow is the first time Wally and I would have been out of Asia in 8 months and I am ready to be in dry heat and not surrounded by Asians.

**I want to give Erin a shout out because today she will be graduating high school! I am so proud of you and I am sorry Wally and I are not there. I hope you have a great graduation and I look forward to hearing all about it when I get home. Love you ET. GREAT JOB!!! CONGRATS!!!





Headed down for our food. They had pho as part of the breakfast menu!!! Well naturally they would, but it wasn’t shitty hotel food it actually wasn’t half bad. I’m loving the food here in Vietnam.

Cu Chi Tunnels

It’s pronounced coochie, like vagina. Just so you guys know. It was about 1.5 hour drive to get out to the tunnels. On our way there our guide talked about this and that and to be honest I kind of zoned him out. We haven’t had the best of luck with our guides in the last couple of countries. When we arrived at the place we were shown around the “jungle”. There we saw plenty of traps used to ensnare enemy troops. These things were ingeniously designed to inflict as much damage as possible while being simple and easy to construct. The tunnel system that was set up by the Vietcong was also quite impressive. Each level served a purpose and made gave them the edge they needed to fight an enemy more technologically advanced than themselves.

Our guide is interesting… He’s like a puppy who gets overly excited and pisses themselves. He’s a nice guy, but just a bit much to handle.

  1. When describing to us about the Kings of Vietnam he literally listed them all out. King so-and-so the first, King so-and-so the second, King so-and-so the third, King so-and-so the fourth, King so-and-so the fifth, King so-and-so the sixth, King so-and-so the seventh, King so-and-so the eighth, King so-and-so the ninth, King so-and-so the tenth, King so-and-so the eleventh, King so-and-so the twelfth, King so-and-so the thirteenth, King so-and-so the fourteenth, King so-and-so the fifteenth, King so-and-so the sixteenth, King so-and-so the seventeenth, and King so-and-so the eighteenth. He literally did that….
  2. We’re walking through a tunnel he’s frantically flailing around trying to touch the ceiling with his hands. Keep in mind he’s a whole head shorter than me. He looks like he’s trying to climb an invisible ladder. At one point he climbs on top of a handrail and leaps off of it to touch the ceiling and even then he fails.
  3. When describing how the Vietcong used the tunnels he channeled his inner soldier and referred to us as his troops and began mimicking gun fire with his mouth.

I won’t continue because I want to leave Sydney with some material.

War Remnants Museum

I know that the Vietnam War wasn’t a popular one in America and I now see why. We as a nation committed some pretty fucked up shit while we were out there.


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It’s stuff like this that reminds you that there are no winners in war.

Cheap Market

Yup there’s one here too… Yup it’s just as big… Yup Syd’s just as good.





We got back and just packed up for our trip down to My Tho and watched some movies. I’m ready to get out of SE Asia.


The breakfast buffet was really good and this hotel is in a very good location. I highly recommend it to people staying in Ho Chi Minh. The Pho was really good. I talked to my dad this morning and told him what the Parisian said yesterday in the visa line. Do not go to Paris it is too dangerous. GGGRRREEAAATTT…… he goes on to say that you do not want to be outside at night and if you are take a taxi to and from where you are going. I told dad we will just stay inside and drink more wine and eat more cheese.

I am still not feeling well and I hope I kick this bug soon. We finished getting ready and started our day.


Cu Chi Tunnels, first the name makes me laugh every time because cu chi means vagina. I am going to the vagina tunnels. They were interesting to see but not worth the 3 hour roundtrip drive at all. The Vietnamese were crazy is all I have to say.

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Interesting tidbits about today:

  1. Our drivers daughter’s name is Tao, means Grass.
  2. Law, our guide, his dad fought for the South Vietnamese Army and his uncle fought for the North Vietnam Army.
  3. The guide saw a cow and screamed, “oh look big cow , big cow, big cow for milk.” *Wally and I tried so hard not to laugh.
  4. There was a corn stand and Law asked if we have corn in the US. He says alot of countries do not have corn and the Vietnamese are lucky to have it. I explained to him that we have it and he was shocked.
  5. When Law said we are soldiers, he said Wally and I are being slow bad soldiers because we are not walking fast and acting like soldiers.
  6. Connections to places. Law explained/talked in circles about how all the tunnels are connected. “The kitchen is connected to the dining room and is connected to the hospital…etc” It went on for 5 minutes. We get it everything is connected.
  7. He was asking me how to say stick shift in ENglish (he was just pointing to it and asked what it is called in English)..I said stick shift and he kept saying stick shit. “Oh, stick shit! I get it.” I tried to correct him but he was having a hard time with the “ft” sound.

Anyways, continuing on…we drove back to town and had lunch.

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Next we went to the war remnants museum and I finally got my Vietnamese coffee for the day. it was power and it is crazy to see how other countries do museums, these graphic images would never be shown in a museum back home. We left the museum and saw the reunification palace, Notre Dame, and the Post Office. All really iconic buildings and seeing the war pics of them and then seeing them now is night and day. War is an awful thing and destroys beautiful sites.

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We found a cheap market, AWESOME!!! All roads lead to the cheap market, ALWAYS!!!! We picked up some gifts and a few things for us. We had a pretty relaxing rest of the day.

Oh, lunch did not agree with me again and I tried to go to the bathroom and they were going to charge me $8 USD to use the public toilet. I miss America!!!!!!


Day 244: Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh



Woke up and enjoyed breakfast, but we couldn’t really enjoy it too much because in the back of our heads we couldn’t help but to worry if we had a flight out of Cambodia or not. In the end we just finished stuffing our faces and headed back up to the room to finish packing. We ended up leaving 4 hours early to the airport to make sure we get through security and figure out our flight situation in time.


There’s no one person to ask questions to. Our flight just said retimed and when you go online it says that it no longer exists. When we got there we saw that our flight was just pushed back by 30 min, so we breathed a sigh of relief. We sat around and played on our phones until it was time to get ourselves checked in. Something I want to mention about the “international” airport here is that it’s bare bones. In total they have 24 check in counters and less than half were staffed and all those took in baggages from multiple airlines. The staff there was nice, but not really all that helpful. Finally when you board your flight you’re walking out onto the tarmac.


We got onto another plane with propellers… It was cool to say that we’ve been on a flight with propellers, but we already did that and let me tell you it isn’t the smoothest of flights. If my motion sickness starts to act up then I know that Syd is dying on the inside. Also we didn’t get any food this time!!! WTF!!! I’m use to being luxured on my 1 hour flight!!!


Ho Chi Minh Airport

Man… It’s a whole process trying to enter this country. The tour company we signed up with sent us visa letters which we had to present to the visa office within the airport. When we got there they handed us forms for us to fill out. After we turned them in we sat around for about an hour or so. Syd was walking around and just shooting the shit with whoever would listen to her. It’s fun watching my wife in travel mode, she’s totally in her element. Once we finally got our visas and our luggage we found our tour guide.

Drive to Hotel

Our tour guide’s name is Law. He’s a squirrely dude with the body of a 12 year old boy. He tends to get excited over the little things as he’s describing the city and its history to us. But he’s easy to understand and should serve as a good guide. One thing I noticed immediately about this city is that there are a TON of bikes and mopeds. He said that Ho Chi Minh is the motorcycle capital of the world and I see why. He handed us a map of the city and marked some of highlights when we got dropped off.


We got checked in and threw our stuff down and immediately headed out to see what the city had to offer. I LOVE Vietnamese food and was excited to get my hands of some of the real deal stuff. On our way to where the street food was we made a stop at Starbucks to pick up the cups we’ve been collecting on our travels. I know it’s a bit silly, but at the same time none yall mother fuckers got these cups, but we do! We ended up down another street that sold cheap knock off goods and stopped at a restaurant that sold Bún bò Huế, which was recommended by someone at Starbucks. In all honesty it wasn’t bad, but I’ve had better stuff back home. Syd and I got some Vietnamese Coffee, my god…. this stuff here is definitely better than back home. We then made our way back to the hotel to prep for tomorrow and do a bit more laundry so it has time to dry.



This city really reminds me of Shanghai, there really isn’t that big of a difference other than the massive amounts of motorcycles. It’s also a bit cleaner, but overall very similar.

Another thing I want to mention is that everyone back home appreciate where you’re at. You literally have the BEST food in the world. Everywhere we’ve been we’ve tried out the food, but it always seems to either fall short of or equal to the stuff we have back home. We have some of the best Thai, Mexican, Chinese, Vietnamese and Dim Sum in the world and it’s all within driving distance.


So Wally pretty much covered today. It took forever in the airport this morning but when the website says your flight has been cancelled and you have no idea how to get another  flight. I sweet talked a guy into actually calling around and asking what to do and it was perfect. He was really helpful.

While going through security they had to scan my bag about 5 times, they made me take out tampons, keys, a few makeup brushes and both my wallets. It was ridiculous! Finally we got through and sat at the gate. I got some food and everything was fresh to order. The airport is so small and walking to the airplane was a little scary.

Of course, we are flying another airplane with propellers. I am dying on the inside. The flight was so bumpy and I passed out the whole flight because I was so sick.

WE LANDED IN VIETNAM!!!! The process to get our bags was insane! First we had to do the visa process and the lines were crazy, also we had more paperwork to fill out. Why did they not give us stuff to fill out on the plane?? No now everyone has to fill it out at the same time. DUMB!!! Also, Vietnamese people are as rude as Chinese people. I am so sick of rude Asians!!! We finally got through everything and then we got to the immigration passport control. The guy was grilling me on my flight number, what time my flight leaves Friday, why I am in Vietnam, what my flight number leaving Vietnam is, why I have 2 people’s passport, and why would I want to come to Vietnam. FUCK YOU DUDE!! Fine I will leave your country and take all my money and spend it somewhere else. Of course, Wally got through no problem. We exchanged some money and got our bags. Before we left the airport we had to scan our bags through security again. It was such a hassle but we got out of the airport no problem.

Our guide was waiting and kept calling Wally, Mr. Wang and me, Lady Sydney. that’s how I always should be addressed. Lady Sydney! HEHE He is a little intense and has the body of a 12 year old but whatever he is nice enough. We got dropped at our hotel and cleaned up a bit. Wally was chomping at the bit to leave and go get some food. We got our Starbucks cups and finished our walk around. They had a street market and I picked up some more elephant pants. Also, I can haggle here and I can use bitch face! I’m back baby!!! I may pick up a few things for myself. 🙂 Wally got some food and I got Vietnamese coffee. Oh yay it was amazing. I am definitely getting a cold so I did not want to stay out to late. We finished up and headed back to the hotel. Time to shower and head to bed. Travel days always take it out of me.