It feels surreal to be saying goodbye but it's my last day in Vietnam today! The bags are packed, the farewells have been said, and tomorrow morning we fly to Bangkok for one last Asian mini-break (ok, and shopping spree) before heading back to Sydney to live.
It's been an amazing four and a half years living in Phnom Penh and then Saigon - full of the some of the biggest ups and downs I've ever felt but overall, a life changing experience. During that time I've travelled lots, had two kids and scored my dream job (Deputy Editor of a magazine!). I've made some amazing friends in both cities, eaten a ridiculous amount of great food and drunk copious amounts of good coffee. I've forgotten how to clean(!) and how to catch public transport - the adjustment to life back in the 'real world' may be a tough one! I'm really looking forward to fresh air, parks, empty sidewalks and comparatively empty roads, Sydney stuff like farmers markets and art galleries and concerts and events, catching up with old friends and rediscovering pretty much everything.
There are lots of things I'll miss (mostly food and people and cheap stuff!) but lots of things I won't (the traffic, the pollution, the noise - don't get me started on the noise!). I think it'll be a tumultuous time ahead re-establishing a life in Sydney, but hopefully it will feel like the right move. As for blogging - I've loved connecting with like-minded souls around the world and don't want the virtual friendships to end! I'm not sure of the fate of A Girl in Asia just yet (I don't want to say goodbye!) and I'll definitely continue reading and commenting on all my favourite blogs. Please drop by now and then as I may post a link to a new Sydney-based blog once I'm on my feet and think up my next blogging move! Better go - there's still a little more packing to do in our over-stuffed bags which somehow have to fit lots of Bangkok purchases too(!).