Life in Hanoi Reflections - An Expat Life in SE Asia

3년 전

Hanoi has has its ups and downs. I've lived here 6 months now. In that time I have loved it, hated it, wanted to kill it, wanted to hug it, researched moving away and ultimately fallen in love with it.

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Living abroad is never easy. You leave family and friends behind and start again. Routines are different, especially flow of life routines such as getting to and from work. (On a side note getting to and from work here is a nightmare!)

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Ultimately though you soon learn that it isn't my place to change anything, rather it my place to change myself. There are things I can impact and effect that will make a positive difference and there are many many things outside my influence. I'm never going to change the driving habits here, even with my vigilante justice style. I won't be able to change the pollution, single handedly. But what I can do is adopt to the Vietnamese culture and make sure that I try to make some positive changes such as recycling, or explaining to the children why it is rude to not queue.

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Ultimately it is a privilege to live in Vietnam, especially when this is my view everyday as I am lucky enough to live on the lake. There are not many people in our world who have the chance to enjoy this each and everyday.

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nice post - yes southeast asia can be challenging, and i think many expat around these countries would identify well with this post. yet for many, including myself there isn't much desire left after a certain time to return to the homeland :)

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Totally agreed. SE Asia is home now for many many reasons!