At first the absurdities made me pretty uncomfortable, but by the end of two years, I grew to love them. I found a surprising comfort in the unpredictability of Saigon. The lack of familiarity became familiar, and the chaos that is Saigon became our home. We played games in the taxis like "Four on a Bike" and had a photo-stream of some of the ridiculous things people carried on their motorbikes. I will miss the essence of Saigon--the chaos and absurdities.
We will also miss the cafes and restaurants that we frequented: Snap Cafe, Shalom, Blu, Mekong Merchant, 4P's Pizza, La Fiesta. We made lots of memories at these places, and I sincerely hope most of them will still be around when we return to visit Saigon in a few years. Oh! And the spas! I will miss those too. I doubt I will be able to continue my every other weekend pedicure habit in Abu Dhabi!
But, really, as memorable as all those things are, they are nothing compared to the people. There are really no words to express how difficult it was to say goodbye. I know I will see many of these people again--that's the expat family way. At least we have email, Skype, and Facebook. We will keep in touch, and we will meet again.
We will miss you all so very much! Hẹn gặp lại!
On our final ride to the airport, Oliver said these words of farewell: "Goodbye Vietnam. I love you. But I am going away with my family and suitcases. I will be gone a long time. I will miss you so much. I'll come visit some day."