Yes, I touched that milestone today. Four years in Vietnam. I cannot believe I have been in Vietnam that long. Originally I intended only to stay just 2 years and then head back to the US for my PhD or JD. I kind of didn’t leave as many of you noticed.
I learned a lot my four years here. I finally got into touch of my Asian half. This has helped me understand my Japanese mother much better. I now realize that she is normal :-) I have a better appreciation of Asia in general, a far cry from when I was a high school student ashamed of my Japanese background.
I put on nearly 28,000 km on my motorbike. My Yamaha Nouvo will be four years old this August. I love the freedom of riding a motorbike the mandatory helmet law ruined some of the fun of riding a motorbike.
My biggest disappointment, though, is that I have not been able to pick up the Vietnamese language very well. That is my goal for the next two years, to be able to communicate in Vietnamese. I can get around my alleyway, no problem. They understand my accent but I struggle everywhere else.
Thus I think you all now know that I will stick around for at least two more years. I have been aching to get back to the US to begin my PhD. I miss doing research
In the meantime I will go full blown and keep doing what I do best, blogging