Annie and I woke up super early, and after taking Phoebe for a walk Annie delivered me at the bust station in
at 5:55 am. At 6 am the bus to the Modesto metro station
(BART) took off. We got to BART by 7:30, and by 10 am I was in Pleasanton airport, ready for my noon
flight. It was a perfect symphony of public transportation! San Francisco
The flight was uneventful but long. Eleven hours to
, where I had a 2
hour lay over in Incheon International airport, and then another 5 hours to Hanoi
International airport, where I landed at 10 pm. Immigration was painless, and
since I only had a small backpack I didn’t need to wait for baggage.
Fortunately the Youth Hostel had the good grace to arrange for transportation,
so as soon as I walked out I saw a young man with my name on a sign. There are
ATM’s at the airport, but they only give large denomination bills. Currency is
US$ 1 = V$ 20,000. The Vietnamese currency is called the “dong”, but I will
call it V$ for ease. The ride from the airport was US$20, or V$400,000. It is
going to take a while to get used to the staggering large numbers! Seoul
My room is super comfortable (with AC, TV, and a small refrigerator) and I thankfully drifted to sleep at round midnight.