"We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again - to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more." - Pico Iyer
There's not a day during the year when I don't think about traveling the world. If I could, I'd leave everything behind to just simply travel. All I ever want is to fly to new places, learn new cultures, eat new cuisines, meet new people, fall in love, and find myself. Growing up, my grandparents have always inspired and influenced me to see the world. And every year for as long as I could remember, I've been so blessed to travel to different places whenever my family had a chance. I was raised to see the world and my life as a book. Every day is a new page and every experience falls into a new chapter. If we're stuck in one city for all our lives, we'll just be stuck on one page of a book - unable to read on. Staying in one spot has never been me. I have this strong desire to escape and experience. I guess you can say that I have a strong sense of wanderlust.
I finally had the opportunity to travel outside of the country thanks to my 3 week winter break. As every year, my parents and I try to make an effort to go to Vietnam. Being Vietnamese, Vietnam has always held a special place in my heart. I don't think I'll ever get tired of going back. There's always so much to see and so much to do. Over the years I've come to have a wonderful group of friends that I like to call my "Once a Year Friends." Obviously, not because we're friends only once a year, but because there's only one time a year that we are able to see each other. Yet, that doesn't change anything. Distance just makes the heart grow fonder - or so I'm told.
Saigon is like the Los Angeles of Vietnam. It's busy, crowded, noisy, but a gem. It's for the lighthearted, playful bunch. Broken up into districts, there's just so much you have to explore for yourself. Walking just a block or two will take you on new adventures. High-rises mixed in with old apartment buildings, street food vendors and fancy restaurants, motorcycles and cars, night markets and Cho Ben Thanh. Saigon is my city.
This is the first post to my Vietnam '15 series. I'll be posting blog post as well as videos on my Youtube channel, so be sure to subscribe! ^^ Stay tuned, lovelies!