I met the person I want to see the world with and her name is me.
August 29th, 2011 → Leave a comment
Greetings from Hoi An, Vietnam! I am over three weeks into my trip and just a few days ago finally got into the groove of being a tour bus of one! With the exception of a few mis-steps, this really has been the trip of a lifetime. I’m literally walking through poetry.
Most of my updates for this trip have been made via Facebook. If you aren’t lucky enough to be one of my 3 billion fb friends, here is your stalker friendly update broken into convenient lists of ten (though there is no particular order of importance). I’ll add photos when I get back to the states.
Most Wonderful Moments of this Trip so Far:
1. The first 20 minutes in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. My friend Anida is there on a fellowship (her invite for me to visit, triggered this whole trip). She sent a tuk tuk driver for me at the airport. Cambodia is jawdropping! Five people on a scooter! Oxen in the street! Death wish driving! It’s the third world straight up! When I got to Anida’s place, the whole family, including her new baby were there to greet me. It was joyous.
2. The Gay Sex show in Bangkok. That whole rumor about Asian men and small dicks? So not true! I have proof!
3. Riding a bike alone last night in Hoi An, Vietnam and being so captivated by the silk laterns, the quiet, the old buildings, smell of food grilling, and hell notes burning for the dead. I was in total bliss and peace. If I could, I would have made out with myself right there.
4. The Reclining Buddha in Bangkok. There is a huge manmade two story high, block long Buddha that’s reclining (duh) and the visit is punctuated by the sounds of coin offerings being made! It’s found music and visual spectacle at once.
5. The $7 boat tour in Nha Trang, Vietnam by the “Number 4 Boat Tour Company”. For $7 we got to tour several nearby islands, but more impressive was the crew of the boat! They fed us this awesome seafood buffet, had a floating bar, played drinking games with us, took us snorkeling, and sang for us. It was joy.
6. The Fairy Springs at Mui Ne Beach. It looks like a mud puddle from photos but it’s actually an ankle high stream of warm running water. You walk it to the source for 1km (by the way, I am learning the metric system). It’s like a meditation and at the end is a waterfall (and a Vietnamese boy soliciting you for money)
7. Six hours of massages, facials, sauna, salt baths, scrubs, fish eating dead skin off your feet, buffet and other non-stop pampering at the Regency Hotel spa in Saigon, Vietnam. Total price? $34.
8. Taking Third World Glamour shots in Phnom Penh for $30. I will have to post these super photoshopped gems for you see the full kitsch that is the Khmer glamour shot so you can really appreciate this.
9. The Jungle Temple at Angkor Wat. Google this, it’s even more amazing in person.
10. Riding on the back of scooters. Sometimes with friends or moto drivers. Sometimes with or without helmets. Everywhere in Southeast Asia. It’s a rush and it reminds me: Yep, I’m really here.
What I am learning about myself from this trip.
1. I’ve made a lot of bad decisions in my life, but deciding to see the rest of the world has made up for all of them.
2. I am glad I’ve cut the dead weight in my life so I could be here now. This dead weight has come in the form of old partners, bad friends, procrastination and my own negative beliefs. All that was getting in the way of the dream.
3. There is a whole wonderful world out there outside of Asian American depression, cats, and being carless in LA (the topics of my last three shows) waiting to be discovered.
4. Traveling alone is awesome. As a woman alone, it can be done and done well. Screw everyone who says traveling solo is lonely. You get over it once you realize how much fun it is to love yourself and wander wherever you want.
5. Old friends in faraway places are gifts waiting to be realized.
6. I am so glad to not be married with kids.
7. I’m falling in love with myself again after three years of self marriage. The last two years had been getting sour but now we are back on track to hot loving!
8. I’m totally a first world citizen. And while grappling with this power which comes at the expense of other people is often confusing, I am glad to have privilege than not.
9. I want/must learn how to best use my privilege.
10. I want to do this “seeing the world” thing every year. Every chance I get.