Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya, So it began, as of this morning I had become a 'solo' traveller. The tour was over and the friend I had been traveling with from the tour departed the previous afternoon. I guess from this day on I would be treading not only new ground as in new cities and countries but also new ground in life being ME! Did I actually have what it takes to be a 'back packer'? Did I have what it takes to be alone and travel alone? Did I have what it takes get past language barriers? Did I have what it takes to figure out different money myself? Did I have what it takes to follow a different map for each city and country? Did I have what it takes to find places to eat purchase food? Did I have what it takes to not only purchase tickets but tell where I wanted to go? I had thought about these things on many occasions but that was prior to leaving. While you are still on home ground 'everything will work out fine'! From this moment I had to do things myself. There was no tour leader to book it and figure it out for me. I had become my own tour leader. I just hoped I was as good as the one I had spent the last twenty one days with. I remember rising that morning with a huge amount of confidence in myself and my ability to live my dream. I had given up all I knew to make this happen and happen it will. Of course I also had the demon on my other shoulder filling my head full of questions of fear. For breakfast I headed to a favourite eatery called The Romantic Café after which I decided to head to the lake area to see who was about. There I sat and chatted to a guy who had babbled too previously. This time he had a friend whose English was very good. We sat in the sunshine chatting and playing cards for most of the day. I met up with Herrferman and Kim whom had returned from Sapa that morning. I met them about a week before. I took them to the little 'local' eatery I had been eating in every now and then since arriving in Hanoi. It was a 'very' local place as in dirty and open but the food was awesome and the people were so much fun. I had spent a few 'hazy' afternoons there with my friend before she left and as we were all moving on the following day it would be our goodbye party. So far, solo travel was fun but a little hazy! Ha Ha Ha! So that was it, my time in lovely and vibrant Vietnam had come to an end. There was another dream I could now cross off my long mental list. I was no longer a 'Gonna Do'. I had lived and completed! The soundtrack to this entry was by a totally awesome end of the 80's through the 90's band. They may even be still around and releasing albums. I know they did a track on Dave Grohls 'PROBOT' album. Now that album is another story. If you were a huge 80's Metal fan, head to your local store or download site and grab a copy for yourself. Dave Grohl recored tracks and sent one to each of his favourite 80's Metal singers who were more than lucky to offer their 'throat'. Lucky Dave!
The band for this entry was DRI and the album 'Live 94'.