Things happened so quickly this past week. I left Malta on Sunday and flew back to Bangkok. There were lots of things to do in Bangkok, because my time in Asia was drawing to a close. I’ve had a couple of fantastic years exploring a huge area of the world, and I have seen and experienced some amazing things. And I’ve ended up with an incredible photo collection!
I stayed in Tokyo for a few more days after our trip to Kyoto, and then Julia and I said our farewells. I returned to Bangkok on Saturday.
My apartment was fine: no problems. I visited Prasit and called to check in on Somchai and Ning. They had been travelling and wanted to get together for dinner so they could tell me what they had been up to.
I’ve been enjoying spending time with Julia, but I was starting to feel kind of finished with Tokyo. She knew how I felt, and also knew that there was something else in Japan that she was sure I would enjoy.
It seems that Julia likes to travel as much as I do, so our plan is for me to do some exploring on my own in Tokyo on days when she works, and then the two of us can visit places when she’s free. And that’s how we ended up at Mt. Fuji on Sunday.
Julia teaches at a fairly big English conversation school just a few subway stops from her apartment. She invited me to join her on Wednesday, just to see what she does.
My friend, Julia, lives in Tokyo, and I have been trying to get into contact with her for weeks. She finally responded: she’s just been traveling around Japan over the last few weeks.
I’m enjoying this visit to Seoul, and especially hanging out at this hotel, the Shilla. It’s won lots of awards, and is surrounded by 23 acres of landscaped parkland. That’s pretty amazing in the middle of a busy and sometimes hectic Asian city. So it’s nice to know I have a tranquil and relaxing place to return to after stomping around Seoul.
I returned to Bangkok after my visit to Vietnam. The first thing I did was make sure my apartment hadn’t been broken into again. Whew! All was well, thank goodness.
I’m still enjoying Saigon. I really liked the boat trip down to Vung Tau, although I was not all that impressed with the destination: the getting there was what was fun.
I’m back in Saigon now, or, depending on who you’re talking to, Ho Chi Minh City. I really liked Hue and could have stayed longer, but I decided to return to Saigon. So on Monday I took the overnight train back here.