Tammy's Volunteer Tour

An Online Journal of My Volunteer Work in Tsunami Affected Areas in Asia

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Vietnam I am,I am

Well my team and some other great friends got together for a going away dinner and to see me off. It was difficult for me to leave Khao Lak, but I was excited to start a new adventure in Vietnam.
I'm not too sure how tired I was when I booked the flight, but when I arrived at the airport in Phuket they notified me that the flight wasn't until the following day. I'm really not sure how I managed that but I was lucky to be stuck in Phuket during the festival. I walked around the entire night market and then found an internet cafe where I spoke to my sister over msn. I was really home sick for Khao Lak, but she was able to get me focused again and looking forward.
Morning arrived and I was only able to hail a tuk tuk. What!?! a tuk tuk to the airport? It's like a tiny open bus, but more like a festiva with the roof cut off and some bells and whistles.hahaha By bells and whistles I don't mean air conditioning and leather seats... I mean just that "bells and whistles" and some random blinking lights!

On my way here to Vietnam I made a short 2 say stop in Chiang Mai. I took advantage of the tours they have running around the city since I had limited time to spend. I went bamboo rafting and took a ride on an elephant (On the list of things to do before I die... this list dates back almost 10 years ago) To be honest I didn't picture it being as slow as it was. To get them moving a bit faster you had to feed them. There were workers in treeforts selling sugarcane ... who knew they had a sweet tooth!

I caught my flight to Bangkok and was forced to find a cheap place to stay for the night. Well I found this place called Nat's Guest House. The communal bathroom was soaking wet and filthy and the bed didn't even come with sheets on it! LOL I guess I got what I paid for. The music from the bar downstairs finally stopped at 4am and the streets eventually cleared... thank god because I was worried I wouldn't be able to hear my alarm clock! I did, however make it to the airport very early. I was so early that I couldn't check in yet so I decided to read. I sat down with this book a friend from Germany had given me. I read it until I finished it and then realized that I may have missed my flight. Yeah, that's exactly what I did! I had just missed my flight! LOL WHO DOES THAT? The woman at the counter just put me on the next flight with out asking me any questions. She informed me that I would be waiting another 2 hours for the next flight and so I decided to get on the phone to pass the time.
The Thai Airways flight into Ho Chi Minh was brutal for turbulance, but the only important thing is that I made it and I wasn't in the bathroom during the landing!

OK so I am looking localy and on the internet for places to volunteer. I am mostly interested in the orphananges here and the rice paddy farming communities. I will update you in a week or so when I get my bearings about me and have started working. I am very excited to say the least!


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