Three months after being on the road, I have to head home. Most of the reasoning comes from a financial standpoint, but my heart is broken from having to leave. There are a million things that I’ve learned in the past few months with Jet Set Zero, and I’m quite frankly, completely and utterly not ready to go. Many of the other travelers I’ve met continuously wallow about the things they miss at home and their love of Western comforts, but I have found myself more at peace and relaxed abroad. Sometimes I miss little things like a comfortable bed or Taco Bell, but the truth is I was more happy in Turkey and Vietnam than I have been in a long time.
The bests and the worsts:
Friendship- I’m always one to appreciate the small moments. I enjoyed multiple dance parties with Jen and Kris in a variety of locations, hanging around eating chicken, carrying Kris home drunk, accidentally kicking a cockroach on Kris, eating noodles while thoroughly intoxicated and inventing my own languages, talking video games with Jen, beers over the Bosphorus with Rob, Brian’s sleepy “hello” in the morning after I accidentally woke him up (everyday), sitting on the steps of our hotel with all the staff of the Hai Ha over beer and peanuts, and laughing to the point of tears god knows how many times.
Seeing Ratatat in Saigon Two Times- Need I say more?
Kris and Jen leave- When Kris and Jen walked out the door for their one month trip to explore the rest of Vietnam, I’m broke down like a little girl into a big mess of tears.
Jobs: I hate job hunting. I’ve always hated job hunting, and will probably continue to hate job hunting. My experience with tutoring in Ho Chi Minh was minimal, but I grew to not like that much either. I don’t think instructing young children in the English language is quite my cup of tea, as I don’t particularly enjoy screaming children nor is my English very good.
It’s a little bit funny that I’m going home, because I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who didn’t experience a whole lot of being homesick. But who knows? Maybe I’ll be back again soon!