Turn Left And Keep On Going

Thursday, November 29th, 2007, 1:13 am

I’ve never been accused of wanderlust, but in the last year I’ve done a fair bit of traveling. Aruba, Florida, Vegas, Aruba again, San Francisco, and then Vegas again in a week. Plus I’ve made a few trips to Penn State and a sojourn to the Finger Lakes. After the New Year I’m going to Costa Rica for a little trip, which looked like it might be my big adventure for the year. Until my cousin Noreen mentioned over Thanksgiving dinner that there are still spots available for the yearly trip the Friends of Danang take to Vietnam. And, I gotta say, I’m tempted. Not least of all by the chance to drink as much iced Vietnamese coffee as my heart desires. I might never come home. Actually, I could probably do my job from there…no, I don’t know if I’d like the Vietnamese take on nachos grande.

So I’m tempted. The idea of a ludicrous flight over the Pacific of course fazes me, but with every flight I’m a more confident passenger. Professionally, I think this is a trip I simply HAVE to take. It’d be like a chess blogger visiting Russia–you can’t pass up an opportunity to see where all the players come from. Noreen had a blast on her trip last year, I’d be going with a big group of people (many of whom speak the language), I could bring the camera along….still, it’s a big trip. Think I’ll sleep on it. Anyone ever been? I’m a big fan of Anthony Bourdain and he’s a big fan of the place, which alone makes me think I gotta get there.

Actually…if I do go…I gotta learn how to use chopsticks. Fast. Wonder if Pitt or Duquesne offer classes.

 

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