Its time for an update.
2014 seems like a lifetime ago.
In July 2021 having sold up in Cu Chi, we moved the family back to England. I experienced severe burnout towards the end of my time in Vietnam. Work and country related, its hard to pinpoint exactly where things went wrong. Make hay whilst the sun shines, which I did. But you never know when the dream comes to an end. For the longest time I would field questions like "Oh so you're a lifer then" and "Do you ever plan to leave" with a sly smile and a "yeah, probably" or a "probably not!". The grass may always be greener but sometimes you need to go to pasture to try it out. I had an incredible sixteen and a half years in Vietnam which included meeting Chi and getting married, running a business, being a travel writer for Travelfish, building a career in education, having two children, building a house and making lifelong friendships. It was a land of opportunity for me and for that I am forever grateful.