There’s No Place Like Home

Asia, Backpacking & Trekking, Food & Wine, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Vietnam — By on April 11, 2007 at 5:19 am

I never thought I’d travel halfway around the world to spend a Sunday night watching Sex in the City and ordering take out. When our new twenty-three year old French friend, Emmanuel (we met him on the train back from Sapa), invited us to his home for wine and cheese, we jumped at the chance to see how an expat lives. He’s spent the last year and a half working at a museum in Hanoi and rents a gorgeous three-story house on a lake.

Emmanuel toasted bread to eat with the French cheese and escargot spread he’d set out on the table, while his Aussie housemate, Adi, poured us red wine and his Dutch roommate, Steve, took this photo of us in the traditional Vietnamese hats that were remnants from a recent birthday party. As if being in a real home with couches and bathtubs and a refrigerator wasn’t excitement enough, we spotted a Sex and the City DVD collection.

Now, we can only speculate as to why these men had the entire box set. Some theories: Maybe they watch it for the sex scenes. Maybe they think the show contains the secret to understanding women. Who knows? Who cares? Jen “accidentally” hit play and we settled in to reminiscence about life in the big apple.

After sitting through two episodes, Emmanuel asked if we wanted to go to dinner. “Um, can we get pizza delivery in Vietnam?” Amanda asked. And, just like that, he pulls out his cell and has three pies delivered to our door. We were in heaven.

I guess you can take the girls out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girls.

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    5 Comments

  • Erika says:

    You have already posted this before. Why the repeat?

  • Dellie says:

    I love this picture. You all look great. What a relaxing evening your new friend Emmanuel provided for the three of you. SITC and pizza! Sweet. Thank you Emmanuel, Adi and Steve. (-:

  • LZ Blogger says:

    I sounds like the three of you had a much better time in Vietnam than I did in 1969-70. ~ jb///

  • Marcia says:

    Sounds like like a wonderful time, Have fun in OZ!

  • a Blogger says:

    I know you will love Vietnam… back from several moonths because my works 🙁
    P/S, I’m Vietnamese 🙂