Hello all! Mike has done a great job keeping you all up to date, but I figured I would weigh in occasionally as well.
We had a bit of a hectic morning on Friday. I had some work calls and other work to do for vChief starting early. Mike got the kids going with school but they were all clamoring for my attention, which I just couldn’t fully give them. And it was one of those mornings where school was a battle and it seemed like one breakdown after another from the girls. It took a while, but we made it through all of our work and headed out for lunch. Alas, we waited a bit too long to eat so there was a lot of hangry attitudes on all parts.
By the end of lunch I was about at my wit’s end, so afterwards I took a couple of hours of “me” time. Mike and I have realized doing this occasionally help us both maintain our sanity in light of spending 24/7 with the family.
I was excited to walk around the city and see the sights a bit. The kids don’t really love extended walking tours, so it is a real joy to be able to just do it alone! Saigon has a lot of lovely colonial architecture. I saw a beautiful church and the huge post office.
maps Hi Chi Minh City and the Mekong delta on the walls of the post office
After an hour of strolling around, I stumbled across a massage place (they are ubiquitous here as in most of Southeast Asia, to my great joy.) I got a lovely hot stone massage and then tried to make my way back to the hotel. It was damn near impossible to find a cab, so I ended up, after a long wait, hopping on the back of a motorcycle taxi. It was a bit of a wild ride- zipping between cars, occasionally onto the sidewalk or into oncoming traffic. Just par for the course around here, but I spent the whole ride alternating between squeezing my eyes shut and praying to the Almighty Lord. Luckily I made it back with all limbs intact and feeling rested and relaxed and ready to jump back in with the kiddos.
Fancy massage place. Paid a whole $20!moto selfie!