What a Week!

Hi there,

It seems like Bailey has updated you on most of the goings on of the week so far. To quote our Granny Paula-“boring it ain’t!”

So far, we’ve only been here a few days and we’ve had lots going on. We’ve learned to dodge motor bikes while crossing the street, not an easy task sometimes.  We’ve checked out a couple of local markets and learned how to say that we’re not interested by using sign language (think of the motion of screwing in a lightbulb).

Most of all, we’ve checked out neighborhoods, houses and the new school. We’ve narrowed down where we’d ultimately like to live but that comes down to timing. It’s possible we’ll be in temp housing for a while but we won’t know for sure for a while.

We’ve connected with friends that currently live here and met new people. A huge thank you to our relocation agent for inviting us to an afternoon get together with his daughter & friends. They were a wealth of information and advice.  It was fun just to hang out with people while the kids played. It brought a sense of normalcy to the weekend.

Tony goes to work in a couple of days and then Bailey & I are on our own to navigate the big city! We’ve got some plans already and here’s hoping to surviving crossing the street without Tony. There’s still a lot to learn and master. I’m still get used to the idea of having help but am so grateful for it. Our wonderful driver, Mr. Khoung was extremely helpful today when the shop owner realized we didn’t have enough Dong to buy what we needed. The shop owner was nice enough to offer to take us to the bank on the back of his motor bike! (um, no thanks). Mr. Khoung quickly stepped in to stop him and negotiate that the purchase be delivered to us instead. He then drove us to the bank on the way home. Now, I don’t know about you, but the thought of Tony on the back of a motor bike in Saigon was enough to give Bailey & I a heart attack.

I’ll have some pictures and video soon but until then, you’ll just have to use your imagination.

See you soon,

April

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