We got back to Saigon a couple of days ago and are starting to look at what we will be doing throughout our next year. I started by unpacking all of our luggage for our trip to the States. We did a lot better this year with what we brought over thanks mostly in part to experiential knowledge. Unpacking and organizing our goods only took a day because I had help from our nanny and Derek kept the boys occupied.
After everything was put away, I started to look at the calendar for the school year. I need to put together a very detailed syllabus for the Syracuse Calculus class I am teaching, so I sat down and mapped out the entire year. I got a rough plan together (the units in the right places with breaks taken into account), and then I started thinking about where we will be going for all those breaks this year.
There are still so many places we want to see! Our list of potential places for this year includes: Nagoya, Japan; Bali, Indonesia; Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam; Vientiane, Laos; Dalat, Vietnam; Cebu, Philippines; and Singapore. There are more places on our list than we have breaks, so we are going to have to choose carefully. We still want to go to Thailand too but are waiting out the military coup situation.
At this point, here's what I'm thinking*:
LongWeekend in September: Mui Ne, Vung Tau, or Phuc Quoc
October Break: Nagoya, Japan
Christmas Break: Bali, Indonesia
Tet Break: Vientiane, Laos
Long Weekend in March: Singapore
April Break: Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
*All plans are subject to change.
Should the situation in Thailand improve, we may replace the Tet break in Laos with a few days in Chiang Mai and a few days on a Thai beach. Or maybe we'll do Thailand instead of Bali. There are just so many choices!!!