Happy in HoiAn

Our travel year hasn’t exactly gone as planned. Actually, very few of our plans have successfully played out.

The Tin Can, scheduling, weather and family affairs caused several detours during the past 10 months. I don’t regret anything and I’ve learned so much, but there are many things that I’d change if I could have a do-over.

One thing I wouldn’t change is Vietnam.

I’ve dreamed of coming to Vietnam for years so when it finally happened I was nervous that it would fall short of my high expectations. I was wrong. It is incredible and this country is quickly becoming a favorite, especially the central canal city of HoiAn.

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The markets in southeast Asia are phenomenal and we stumbled upon one in HoiAn that seemed surreal. Asian food was everywhere. Produce splattered color on the streets like a Pollock painting. I finally bought a pair of baggy fishermen’s pants that I’ve been eyeing for a month and spent much of the day contemplating how to get the beautiful, hand-painted dishes home without breaking them.

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The best part of this market, though, was the people. They’re lovely. They wear their labor like a badge of honor. It is evident in the wrinkles animating their faces, the muscles pulsing in their arms as they carry baskets of goods across the city on their shoulders and the handmade, bamboo boats that sail across the river with the slightest swipe of a paddle. The people are what makes this country so special. So, without further ado, the obligatory photo gallery.

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Where are the most interesting people you’ve met while traveling? Comment below and thanks for reading. 

 

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