So it’s been four months since I first started my travelling adventure. Wow. As I just wrote that I had to pinch myself because the time has gone so unbelievably quick!
In the 4 months I’ve had an incredible time in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and now Vietnam.
I’ve done things I wouldn’t normally do – jumping off cliffs into open deep waters (bearing in mind I can’t swim), eating food off the street for less than 20p and not even worrying about getting food poisoning – (touch wood it’s not happened so far).
I started travelling with no expectations – and I’ve been completely blown away! And I think that’s the best way to do it. I was having a chat with a guy I met and I was telling him I’ve had no expectations, to which his reply was “That’s a little sad”. But the way I see things, if you don’t expect anything you’re only ever going to be surprised and appreciate everything a hundred times more.
I’ve met so many people on my travels who’ve complained about places not being how they expected or who’ve felt disappointment. If you build a big picture up in your head, it’s far too easy to be disappointed. That’s just my thinking anyway ☺
I don’t want my travelling adventure to end just now but I’m taking a little break from it, actually it’s more like a diversion.
So before I left home in the UK I planned to travel for 6 months. Now I’m more than halfway through, and although I completely love travelling I just wanted to do something a little meaningful and help others.
So with a recently completed teaching qualification I decided to move to Vietnam and find myself a teaching English job. So four weeks ago I moved to Hanoi, the Capital of Vietnam, and guess who’s become an English teacher here?!
At first I was absolutely terrified but three weeks in and I’m completely loving the job. At the moment I have 3 classes teaching 4-6 year olds and 11-12 year olds. You wouldn’t believe the cheekiness of some of the students. But I love their enthusiasm! In my first class with the older students one of the 11 year boys raised his hand to ask me a question.
“Do you have a boyfriend?” He said
“No” I replied.
To which he said “Why not? Are you a lesbian?”
I was just surprised he knew how to say lesbian in English!
Back to the job… as I’ve never done anything like this before I wanted to ease myself into it. Since gaining more experience I’m hoping to expand and hopefully I’ll be teaching full time in the next few weeks!
Controlling the classes was initially a challenge and to be fair it sometimes continues to be, but I’ve never been one to back away from a challenge. I’m completely loving this job as a foreign English teacher in Vietnam and hopefully I’ll be here in Vietnam for the next few months before I head back on the road to start travelling again.
Even though I’m working I’m still going to try and explore the country on my days/weekends off so I’ll be blogging about that too!
As for life in Hanoi. Despite being currently bed-ridden, waking up in hot & cold sweats, with a gross cold, sore throat & headache, it’s pretty cool in this city. 🤒😊
I’ve not done much siteseeing around the city as I’ve spent most of my time either finding jobs, working, making friends or partying with those new friends, but I’m here for a while so I will update the blog with a Top 10 things to do in Hanoi… when I get around to it myself!
The people are so friendly here, the locals & backpackers. There’s also a large expat community, the majority of which are English teachers. So it’s been nice getting to know people, making friends and bumping into those familiar faces in ‘Beer Corner’ (an area where you can buy a plastic cup of beer for around 18p) every once in a while!
And how could I nearly forget to mention the crazy traffic of Hanoi! After countless Uber drivers cancelling/not knowing where I was waiting/not knowing where I wanted to go, it all started getting a little frustrating, not to mention expensive.
So I decided to buy a scooter. From never driving a scooter before, to learning on the busy streets of Hanoi, people told me I was crazy!
But I did it anyway and I’m loving life driving around the city on Dora the Explorer – I didn’t name her!
Until next time, from the place I’m calling my new home city for the next few months, Ciao!
Peace & ❤
Current location: Blogging from my bed & feeling very ill.