Enough of the doldrums. We are ready to catch the wind and fly off to Ho Chi Minh City late Friday night. No project approvals from the VN government yet for the three projects we hope to start, but we seem to be getting closer. We will need a month to find a place to live and get settled anyway.
Virtual Doug asked me awhile ago if I was in a panic yet about the big change, and I felt at the time that there was no need for panic since I had plenty of time to prepare. But I now find myself three days away and am realizing that this trip is not like the 5-week trip we took last fall to China and Việt Nam -- that trip had a firm end date and I could plan the packing needs accordingly. This trip is different -- no return date scheduled, and I am left wondering what do I really need to take for the long term. Our intention is to travel light and buy what we need in Ho Chi Minh City, but I am in a panic over leaving things I am comfortable with even though I really don't need them.
We will be back to the U.S. every four to six months or so to maintain contacts and pick up any additional items found to be needed.