After a long journey from Cape Town to Johannesburg to Abu Dhabi to Ho Chi Minh to Danang, we connected with the Brandons this morning at the Danang airport, and arrived at our rental home in Hoi An (30 km away) shortly after noon. For the next 8 days we're going to take it easy, hang out, walk around this historic town, swim, drink cheap beer, eat delicious food, and enjoy each other's company.
Over the next couple of days, we will all miss family and friends at Christmas celebrations. I'm not sure we'll get our regular turkey and mashed potatoes, but if our two awesome meals today are any indication, we don't do without some tasty treats. A few tears may be shed, but we will survive and always remember our Christmas in Southeast Asia. (We spent Christmas with the Brandons in Florida a couple of years ago, so this isn't entirely new.)
Merry Christmas to all of you. Spend time with loved ones over the holidays. The best presents we can give each other is to spend time together. Remember, "these are the good old days".