We made it to Ho Chi Minh City! And I didn’t even die from all the long-airplane riding! I promise, y’all, after about an hour on a plane, I start getting antsy. Not scared or nervous, but just plain uncomfortable. It is beyond me that Hunky finds being a pilot so enjoyable. Anyhow…
We had about a 7 hour flight from London to Quatar, an hour layover there, then an 8 hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Where there was NO ONE waiting for us at the airport. That’s right. So we called our agency’s VN rep, who was supposed to meet us at the airport, and it turns out she thought we weren’t coming until tomorrow, and is still in Hanoi. On the other end of the country. Hmph. Needless to say, I am not exactly thrilled with the in-country situation so far. However, it must be said that the apparent reason that she thought we would arrive on the 20th is because Hunky emailed the agency with our itinerary, and while the itinerary is right, he mistakenly wrote on the heading that we would arrive in HCM City on the 20th. So at least some of the fault lies with us Hunky.
BUT. I have to add that our agency KNEW that we would be arriving tonight (the 19th), both because they told us to be here on the 19th, and because I’ve talked to someone at our agency every weekday for about 2 weeks now, and we’ve gone over our itinerary several times. AND because we talked to our case manager as we were getting on the train to go to the airport. I’m just saying…sometimes all this takes is a little common sense. And everything worked out totally fine, and we are staying at the Nhat Tien Hotel, and its great, with free Wi-Fi! BUT. This sh*t can not happen once Hunky leaves. I can not be stranded at the airport in a foreign country, at night, with a baby who is being uprooted from everything that he knows. It can. Not. Happen.
So, Ho chi Mihn City: ummm, very busy, traffic-wise, with loads of motorcycles. It was dark when we landed so we don’t really have any feel for the city so far – we’re planning on getting up early to find a place to eat and look around a bit before our agency VN rep gets here.
Tomorrow afternoon we’ll head out to Vung Tau, and will be spending the night out there. I have no idea if there will be internet access at all. So we’ll keep in touch when we can.
Oh, and THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the kind comments and good wishes and prayers from everyone. I firmly believe that prayer has made a difference in this adoption already, so if y’all could keep it up, that would be awesome.
Love to everyone from Vietnam!!!!