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Monday, January 08, 2007

Shop, Shop, and Shop

First let me tell you about our flight from HCMC to Hanoi. The Vietnamese Prime Minister was on our flight as were 6 Miss Vietnam beauty queens. It was pretty cool. Good thing Lucy didn't embarass us on the flight with poor behavior!!!!

Well, the shopping in Hanoi has not let us down. I got a great silk jacket and dress. We got some amazing stuff for our house. Justin is getting a suit made. I love the shopping here. What would cost several hundred dollars in the states costs a fraction of the price here. It's awesome and Lucy loves the shopping too. We have to buy one more enormous suit case to get everything home.

Hanoi is so different from HCMC. We like it here a lot. The pollution is really bad though. I almost forgot to tell you all this, but we got in a wreck on the way to the airport in HCMC. For those of you who don't know, the traffic in Vietnam is insane. Most of the people are on motorbikes and there are essentially no rules of the road. From what I can tell, if you are bigger, than you win. People drive the wrong way into oncoming traffic, the traffic lights mean nothing, and you use your horn constantly. So, we are in a van on the way to the airport and a girl on a motorbike wrecks into the curb. The car in front of us slammed on their brakes to try and not hit her. He still hit her bike, but not her. So, we slammed on our brakes as well, but there was no way we were not going to hit the other car. So we rear ended them. Also, car seats are nonexistent here. Justin was holding Lucy. I saw it coming. Luckily, we were not going fast enough for anyone to get hurt. But it was still scary.

We are scheduled for our final visa interview tomorrow. Please pray that we can get our Visa on Wednesday and head home that night. We have our travel agent looking into available flights. We are ready to come home and get settled in our own routine. Vietnatm has been wonderful, but we are ready to see our family and friends and sleep in our own bed and eat Mexican food.

16 comments:

Nina-SOS said...

GL with your Visa interview! I hope all goes well so that you can come home sooner than later! YAY on the shopping!

KelleyO said...

Sounds wonderful! I'm happy you are having so much fun. Good luck on your Visa interview. Little Lucy is already a shopper! Cool.

Ange said...

I'm happy everything is going so well! Hopefully you can get home & settled quickly.

Heather and Michael said...

Lucy is so cute!!! Great news that you are nearing your time to come home.

Jo said...

I hope you can come home Wednesday, enjoy the rest of your shopping.

Sara said...

Kelly,
Lucy simply looks like she belongs with you...couldn't be more true if she was born to you. I hope all goes well with your visa interview and that you have safe travels home. I can't wait to see pictures of Lucy in her gorgeous nursery! You must be looking forward to that as well after dreaming about her playing in there for all these months.
Lots of love,
Sara and Lucy

Christina said...

That mini-wreck would have freaked me out too. Glad it wasn't more than a fender bender. So cool about all the "celebrities" on your flight!
Hey, you can get Mexican food right there in Hanoi - and it's really good too! Look for Al Fresco's Cafe and Grill - they have 3 locations AND they deliver!!

Hope you get that visa quick and can be on your way home soon.

Bonsai said...

Just wanted to wish you luck and tell you that Lucy is absolutely gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

good luck with the visa appointment - hope it all goes well, and you can get on home with miss lucy. tootles for now, m-m

Cara said...

Congratulations and I'll pray you come home soon!

Rachel said...

Yikes! I'm so glad you guys are OK. I hope the visa is issued ASAP so you can get on home!!

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh! i can't belive that about the wreck and i was wondering the other day what would happen if you all would get in one without a car seat! i'm glad it was ok though! come hooome!
hope your apt goes well today!
did lucy still have the full set of acrylics when you got there? i just cut liza's nails(i have to almost every day) and we've got a huge bleeder! oops!
love and miss tons
kate

Liz said...

I can't believe ya'll are already heading home soon! Sounds like it's been such an amazing adventure. And, you'll always remember it because it you're bringing half of Vietnam home with you! Thank goodness for extra suitcases and skycaps! Will we have to send the bus to pick you up at the airport? Seriously though, I know you are going to be busy but I want to see pictures of ALL the treasures you've found - just thinking about al the bargains and beautiful things makes my heart race.

Cannot WAIT TO MEET LUCY!!!!! She's pretty darn cute peeking out of that sling. I could look at pictures of her all day.

ashley steel said...

oooh scary about the wreck! Glad everybody is OK! That sounds kind of like Stalfer might have been driving you! I really really hope you guys get everything ready and can come home Wednesday! I'm just dying to get over to Llano and meet Miss Lucy! Keep us updated!

Susan said...

Eek! Sorry about the little wreck -- scary! At least everyone is okay. Thank goodness for that.

I'm thrilled that the process seems to be moving right along for you. I'm loving the photos and the shopping stories. Miss Lucy seems like a really special girl -- really, really happy for you!

Thanks for the updates!

Ann said...

That's so scary. I hate being in a vehicle in other countries. People drive so scary!! Glad that every one is allright