The decision around moving to Vietnam crept up on us slowly.
Reading a blog post about how much it might cost to live in Hanoi and how much you could save teaching English sparked an interest. Fond feelings came back from recalling hazy memories of street food eaten road side on tiny plastic stools and drinking night after night away on the cheap with new friends. Foodie instagrammers in Vietnam had us drooling over our iPhones. Watching youtube videos about how easy finding a job would be urged us to consider job and apartment listings.
And then just like that, in December 2015, we booked our flight to Hanoi. And that was all there was to it.
No long application forms, no interviews, no months of waiting for answers. We had booked a flight and we were moving to Vietnam. The logistics would come later…
Now it is February 15th 2016 and we are here, and the process continues to be oh so simple.
Day one we wandered around jet-lagged, eating everything in sight and exclaiming over streets and bars we remembered from our time here 5 and a half years ago.
Day two we walked all the way to the ‘foreigner’ district of Tay Ho to explore where we might potentially live and we got set up with Vietnamese phone numbers and 3G.
Day three we took out a monthly rental on a motorbike and rode the whole way around West Lake. Later we had dinner with two Canadian expats who answered all our questions about life in Hanoi.
Day four was a slow one. It was Valentines Day and we stumbled upon what may just be the most adorable location ever for February 14th; The Tay Ho Flower Garden.
Day five we went apartment hunting with 4 different estate agents. We think we’ve found our new home and, as long as we can withdraw enough money to cover the short 3-month contract and a months deposit, we can move in two days.
Tomorrow, on day six, I have a job interview and Oli gets back to his current web design job. He’ll probably sit in Cong Caphe drinking Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk while he does so.
We’ve done it. We’ve become expats again and it feels seriously good. In fact it almost seems too easy. But we’ll keep you updated on how it continues to progress…
Watch out tomorrow for Oli’s Wideo Wednesday and shots of our first 5 days. Soon I’ll be starting a whole in depth series on moving to Vietnam, getting jobs and what the expat life is like in Hanoi.