6 Weeks In – Keeping it Real


I try to keep it real. I don’t have time to worry about what I’m projecting to the world. I’m just busy being myself.

Demi Lovato

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Well, here I am.  6 weeks in and still working on getting organized.  I’m having a great time and keeping super busy at work.  It does seem that I’m way too connected to my work to really take time away from it.  By the time I get home, I’m usually too tired to do anything but watch streaming TV.  However, now that I’m sort of settled in, I’m hoping to get back to disconnecting a little and start exploring.  I wanted to take a minute and present some of my favorite first impressions on my new home.
 “I live in my own little world. But its ok, they know me here.”
― Lauren Myracle
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The first thing I have really been mesmerized with has been the fact that people carry nearly everything on their head.  Possibly I’m most impressed with this because I can barely walk without dropping something or falling.  It’s super impressive.  Everything from bread to sewing machines. Sadly I do not have a photo of the last. I can completely understand how convenient that would be to free up your hands, but it just seems impossible. Apparently it’s not.
The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.

– John Madden

The next thing I noticed was that you could virtually buy ANYTHING on the street.  On ANY street. ANYWHERE!!  Not even joking.  Hungry?  Check.  Newspaper or book? Check. Fine art, masks, or toys? Check. Bathroom mirror? Check.
Like most of the countries I have been in, there is a network of quasi-broken down cheap forms of transportation.  I have not as yet used one of these and so far, I am not convinced I will.  Most of the roads are great, but as you can see, some are barely passable, even in a bigger vehicle.  I still enjoy watching these industrious individuals transporting people around.
For me, one of the best changes from the last 3 countries I have lived in has been my commute to and from work.  Normally I am either walking to work in a fairly dirty environment, pushing through traffic, or being transported in a very uncomfortable car-pool or on a crowded subway.  Here, a quick trip to a boat ramp about 7 minutes by water and then boom.. walk into work.  For me, a great way to start and end each day.  It also forces you to get to work on time and to leave work on time.
Speaking of water, many people live on the water and live from the fruits of the water.  Everything from tug-boasting to commuting, fishing to dredging sand to sell and just sailing.  The water is an important part of this place.  It’s a main shipping hub and it seems like everything from every country goes through here.   People live in shanties on the water and in high rise condos or on resorts.  It’s such an interesting lifestyle.
“I did things I did not understand for reasons I could not begin to explain just to be in motion, to be trying to do something, change something in a world I wanted desperately to make over but could not imagine for myself.”
― Dorothy Allison, Trash: Stories
I was fortunate enough to go out on a medical outreach where we were able to weigh and measure people, test them for diabetes, provide vitamins and doctor screenings.  My favorite part of the trip was playing with the kids though and learning about their games and teaching them some of ours.  It was  great one day trip and look forward to participating in more of these when they come around.
My favorite part of being here, is being back by the water.  Aside from riding to and from work by boat.  We are close enough to the ocean that an occasional beach day can be had.  I do love the ocean.  So with that I will end this post.  Thanks for visiting.

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

Dale Carnegie

Past posts I have missed

  1. LettersFamily LettersLife lessonsRoad lettersTvor TravelsA trivial MindNaomiHow will your future remember you, 3Rs, Middleton, Sea fruits, Below, Partenie, Julie, Gray Hair, Halloween Scare
  2.  Photos we loved, Social Boundary, Barriers ETC,  Witch with a View
  3. Lens n Pens Nature, Mind’s Eye, Nature’s Pace, end of summer, True Friends, Changes, Forest of the Mind, Starlight, Black n white direction of light, sustainability, Indira, patchwork, Into the forest, Street Photos, Angeline, NW Frame, Halloween

Misty waters of Vietnam


Ailsa’s travel theme this month was Misty.  As mentioned in my lat post the first 6 days of my trip from Hanoi to Vietnam were cold and misty and on other days down-right pouring.  Her theme was great for this weeks posting as I spent many of my days on the water in Vietnam.  Though not all shots portray misty, after the first 6 days it took me nearly a week to dry out.

The following photos were taken on the water and in the water in places all over Vietnam.  The beautiful boat ride part of my tour visited Ha Long Bay in Vietnam which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It was amazing.  There were thousands of little islands that jutted from the water most of which were not inhabited.  At the base of a couple of the bigger islands there were floating villages that housed four fishing villages.

We also visited locations in the Red River Delta, Hoi An, Mai Chau and Bai Tu Long Bay. A very mystical place indeed.  I hope you enjoy.

I enter the world called real as one enters a mist.

Other photos on the water I really loved.  There is probably nothing misty about these.

 

As well as a couple more:

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My favorite final shot of water.

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