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Published: November 7th 2012
We have been in Vietnam for almost two weeks and I haven't even given you a full “holy crap I'm in a new country!” report... what a slacker.
Well Vietnam has been full of pleasant surprises. Before coming to this country we heard a lot about how unwelcoming the locals can be; luckily we have received only smiles and helpful advice. The locals are generally our main source of information when it comes to food we should try or places we need to visit so their kindness has been greatly appreciated.
Some things I have learned since we arrived: the coffee is very strong, I really don't like caves, riding on the back of a moto-taxi isn't as scary as I suspected (and is a very cheap way to get around) and Vietnam is just as beautiful as I had hoped.
To be completely honest, I'm quite distracted right now and I'm finding it difficult to come up with things to say. Maybe it's because we have been so busy that I haven't been able to absorb it all yet, or maybe it is because my mind is simply elsewhere.
I hate to be that person but I've got to share something in this public forum to get it off my chest... I need help. My Grandfather is very sick; he has been in the hospital for almost two weeks now with different infections and his 89 year old body seems to be shutting down. Luckily he is strong and I believe he can get better. Thinking/worrying about him and the stress my family is under have been consuming most of my days. I've been sending as much positive energy and prayers back to Canada as I can muster but I was hoping our readers can help me and my family out. I've never been all that religious so I don't even know if it's appropriate to ask others to pray for my cause. Maybe it's selfish, I'm really not sure. But at this point, from this far away, it's all I can do. Love you Grandad.
I promise to fill you in on Vietnam as soon as I can, but unfortunately I can't today.
Thanks for listening, sorry for being so out of sorts.
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