Monday, February 15, 2010

Feb 11th Arrival

Can a Vietnamese iced coffee counter attack the effects of culture shock that I'm feeling? Thats my hope as I take a seat outside the cafe, luckily its one of the few things I know how to order (thanks to my years at Huong Lan) The beverage comes almost instantly taking me by surprise a little as I was expecting to have to wait the usual fifteen minutes. Life seams to be like that in Hanoi. Everything here is so fast, including the motos flying through this back alley incessantly honking their horns. I can hardly believe the noise of this place! Between the man next to me shouting at tourists to look at his books, the dozen or so radios blasting, and the clamour of the motos I feel as if I am beginning to go deaf. I wonder how much this will all change with Tet coming up in just a few short days.

Feb 9th Departure

Deafened by the hum of the planes engines and distracted by the snow-less mountains below, I try to listen to what Ayaka is mumbling about in the seat next to me. I think its something about being bad timing for the Olympics and I have to agree with her.
Yesterday as I was getting ready to disembark from the ferry I attempted to prepare myself for the utter chaos that we would find downtown. I was convinced that going into Vancouver just three days before the opening ceremonies was absolute insanity. However when we arrived Vancouver was more like a ghost town than a city about to host the Olympics.
We made the obligatory rounds to a few of the displays and then we were on our way. All in all it was a pretty anti-climatic send off. Its probably for the best though because by this time tomorrow I will be spending my first day in Vietnam and witnessing the real insanity that is it's capitol city Hanoi.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Reposted from the Huong Lan bulletin board (A farewell to the HL Crew)

As many of you already know I am ending my Huong Lan career in pursuit of an epic adventure in South East Asia. If on this journey I make half as many friends as I have working here, I would consider myself extremely lucky. Over the last few years I have gotten to know so many great people, I can quite honestly say that we have the best customers and staff of any place I have ever worked. Leaving is going to be a very bitter sweet experience. I'm excited at the thought of all the things to come, but at the same time I am filled with sadness for having to say goodbye. Although I will miss you all very much, I know that one day we will meet again. Untill then be happy, eat pho, and consider the words that have inspired me so much.

Always do what you wish you could.