Sunday, January 20, 2008

I Didn't Love It

Posted from Hue, Vietnam

When Lizzi and I left Hanoi, we both breathed a sigh of relief. We couldn't wait to leave, but at the same time, we were surprised at our sense of getting the hell out of Dodge. We chose to come here. Why do we feel so miserable, so let down, so disappointed? The answer is clear: we just didn't like Hanoi.

Of course, we knew somewhere deep inside that we might not enjoy everywhere we chose to travel. Even on our road trip around the U.S. we found plenty of places that we will gladly never visit again. We even find other backpackers, who rave about every bit of their own travels, annoying and woefully unrealistic. Did you really like it all that much? Of course not.

We're coming to grips with the fact that we've really stumbled upon someplace that we simply do not like. And that understanding is helping us to feel better, as though we didn't make a huge mistake or that there's not something terribly wrong with us. We just didn't like Hanoi.

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