Archive for December, 2015

December 31, 2015

Day Zero Plus

Travel day. Not there yet most of the way there. We are in Taipei, having coffee-stopped here on our way to Bangkok a couple of years ago.

Flight was interesting; a young man was agitated and hurt himself, and a trio of medical professionals leapt to the rescue. Bandaged him up, and with permission from his guardian, taped him into a seat. And then sat with him for the next 6 hours, trying (pretty successfully) to keep him calm. Flight crew (Eva Air) was also terrific.

Next stop: Hanoi!

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December 30, 2015

Day Zero: Seattle to Taipei to Hanoi

We’re sort of on our way – all packed up, and getting ready to have dinner with our friends (who are also taking care of our dogs while we are away.

Italian food for dinner, and an IPA, since we most likely have either of those when we land. Flight leaves at 1 am – I have 5 back issues of The Economist in case I can’t sleep!

December 30, 2015

Off for a Vietnam Adventure!

Heading out for a 3 week trip to Vietnam. I was influenced early by Rick Steeves, of the “Europe Through the Backdoor” fame – he said that he never meet anyone coming home from a trip saying that they wished they had packed MORE.

So over the years (and especially when going to a moderate and informal climate) – I’ve figured out how to pack less and less. I’m weighing in at just about 15 lbs of gear for this trip.


It’s surprising what you can fit if you don’t have to carry rain gear or spare shoes!

Besides traveling light – we travel mostly unplanned. So I know that we land in Hanoi, and depart from Ho Chi Minh. And we’ll make the rest up when we land.

It’s fun for us; with packs this light we always have all of our stuff. So if we want to go somewhere on a whim, we don’t have to go back to a hotel, or wait until we’ve completed our reservation.

We’re also meeting friends – first met them on a bus ride in Turkey about 8 years ago, and traveled some with them in Thailand 3 years ago. That first time, they had suitcases. In Thailand large backpacks. Can’t wait to see what they have this time!