Where’d the time go?

So here I am sitting in my condo with my girls sleeping beside me. Where did the time go? I leave in less than 1 week. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?!!? I sure can’t.

Okay. The last few days have been all about lists, lists lists… and packing, and preparing for this epic adventure. And spending quality time with friends. Meeting for drinks, movies, and convincing a friend that she should cut my hair… Which she did a fantastic job! Figured I’d be rocking bandanas and lots of bobby pins, so wasn’t needing a pro job, however Krista… You might just have found another calling 😉

So I am not the greatest at prepping.. I am a last-minute type of packer usually. But I’ve never gone away from home for so long… So I have basically packed my backpack, and gotten ready. Crazy how 5 shirts, 1 pair of pants, 1 sweater, some shorts and capris, 1 dress and 1 bathing suit as well as the other essentials is what I’ll be working with while i’m away. But I’d rather pack light and if needed get a few things out there, then have too much. Thanks to a few friends they cut down my original packing list from 2 dresses, 2 pants, 2 sweaters, 8 shirts, and 5 or 6 capris/shorts down to what is actually practical for my trip. Basically… I’ve got my flip-flops and sunscreen. I’m READY!!!!!

A few have asked me recently for my itinerary so I thought I’d address that here to explain how this trip is going. I’m as they say “flying by the seat of my pants” is that the right saying?! Anyways… I fly into HCMC and have booked a couple of nights to recover from jet lag…. and then?! I haven’t booked a thing. Some might think that’s crazy.. But it gives me the freedom to stay in places that I love longer, and leave the ones I am not feeling.. Without an agenda gives me the freedom to follow my heart all over the country of Vietnam. Yes there are the places I certainly can’t wait to see (Ha Long Bay, Sapa, Danang just to name a few) but then there’s so many other spots that I’m curious about, or I’ll learn about while I’m out there.

I’ll keep you all updated where I’m heading to next and what my plan is. But I’m being open to adventure and whatever comes my way so I can enjoy each day without a strict itinerary.

But for now… I’m off to find a waterproof phone case and run some errands. Plus the Oscars are on tonight… Looking forward to spending quality time with some friends, and enjoying what seems to be a promising show! Who are you rooting for? I think that Leo has it this year… The Revenant… If you haven’t seen it… WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?!  The acting, cinematography, the story, TOM HARDY… just saying!!! Personally I think it will probably take best actor, best director… but I’m undecided on if it’s best picture… I haven’t seen all of the nominations sadly, and I know there are some good ones so it’s hard to say but I definitely think it was one of the best this year! Got to say Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the most entertaining movies I’ve ever seen, but I don’t think it’s what the Academy will choose as best picture.  And if you haven’t seen Brooklyn yet, it’s a gem of a movie. Go see it with your best friend. You won’t regret it!

Okay, off to run errands and finish some trip prep!

Love life and one another.

xo,

Vanessa

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One thought on “Where’d the time go?

  1. sldunnett

    Great Post Vanessa!! We are super sorry that we missed having a drink with you last night. Our table left so so late and we hurried around as fast as we could to get out… but at least I did get to see you… leaving!! ha ha ha. We went back to the Restaurant to finish up things that we did not do and then come home.
    I hope that you have an unforgettable trip…. it will be amazing!
    By the way… the itinerary that you mentioned here is not the kind I was looking for… ha ha ha. I was actually looking for the real thing!
    I love your blog and can not wait to keep catching up on how you are doing on your journey away, and post some beautiful photos… you are great at that…
    PS – Camera is a good thing to pack!!
    Ciao Bella!!!
    -Shelley

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