I love to reflect upon my time in a place, so it’s fitting that after a year I’ve sat down and actually thought about what I’ve learned about Vietnam, Asia, and myself. I realize that a year in Vietnam has taught me a many valuable lessons; things I will take with me for the rest of my life:

* Patience

* Stop lights are merely suggestions

* How to embrace chaos and find meaning (see the motorbike diaries)

* How to swing dance

* How to eat healthier, smaller portions and be happy about it

* Your type is impossible to change. My type A personality is here to stay no matter if I’m a corporate executive or an ESL teacher

* I know what present perfect simple tense, adverbs of frequency, and superlatives are; and I know when to use them

* Virtual relationships can be just as strong as face to face relationships

* Traveling somewhere and living somewhere are not the same

* I never want to be alone at Christmas again

* I don’t melt in the rain

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