A couple of years ago, Jeremy and I were sitting on the balcony of a restaurant in Hanoi drinking beer as the sun went down. We were musing, as we often do in South East Asian locations, about what life would be like if we didn’t have to go home and back to work a few days later. Could we live in Vietnam? Could we leave our comfortable Brisbane lives behind? What about our friends and family? A lot of other questions followed and when we returned home, we started to seek some answers. In about six months we had researched and gathered enough information to convince ourselves that, logistically at least, living in Vietnam was possible. By this time we had honed in on Hoi An as our destination of choice.
Fast forward to December 2014 and we have been away from home for 11 months. We spent the first eight months living in Hoi An, and getting to know Vietnam on a different level. I worked for a non-government organisation supporting children in need, and learnt a huge amount about the NGO sector. I also helped some people out with their websites, and took a huge number of photos. After leaving Hoi An, we have spent time in Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos and Thailand. I have been able to run in all of the locations we have visited, and the maps from my satellite watch are great souvenirs that don’t take up any luggage space. We fly back to Australia on 26 January 2015 to begin preparing for our next adventure!
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