Rau Lang Xào Tỏi, Đậu Rán, Thịt Kho Tàu, Cơm Nếp Nương

It’s been one of those weeks at work that makes me wonder if I’ll have the same stamina I have now to do what I do when I’m 35, 40, and 45. I have a bad way of shutting out the world for days at a time and finally coming out on the other end forgetting what day it is and where I’m at. I need to fix that, or at least that’s what I’ve been telling myself for the last year. After all, tomorrow isn’t promised.

I went to Chim Sáo for the first time tonight and loved it. The food was great (I am a sticky rice fanatic), the atmosphere was so comfortable and inviting, and it was nice to leave my home for a few hours and spend time with Elliot. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have friends who forced me outside in Hanoi. I’m so thankful to have them in my life.

Cơm Tấm Cá Thu Chiên Muối Ớt

Eaten yesterday during lunch with Ehrin, one of my closest friends who’s also lived in Vietnam for a long time. Conversations with him always make me feel happy, because he’s one of the few people who gets it. I’m here for three weeks, and after that I’ll leave again for a few months. It will be the longest time I will have stayed away from Hanoi since moving here in 2010, so I’m not sure how to feel about everything. Living out of a bag isn’t fun, but staying put and never exercising any options isn’t any way to live either.

Tempura Sushi Roll, California Roll

My last lunch (Nobu) in Bangkok, for a while at least. It’s been a nice ten days and I don’t know that I’m ready to return to Hanoi; but I must, so that’s that. The coolest part about Bangkok is how active it feels. There’s no shortage of things to do, people to see, items to purchase, food to eat, and streets to walk. I feel like I could stay here another several weeks and not get tired. I like that feeling a lot. Having my best friend here also feels nice. I miss open, deep, long conversations like the ones I’ve had lately. That’s been really lacking for me lately in Hanoi, which is probably my fault.