According to my friends Mike was creepy because of the roses and pizza and mixed CD’s he would send.I had a group of friends in my backyard at a party re-enact the “No Gary No” add specifically for me as an “intervention”. However all of the negativity stopped of course when invitations to Hawaii were sent out and suddenly everyone had always been cheering for our relationship from the start!Mike and I took our circumstances as a great opportunity to travel and met up with each other around the world.After meeting initially in August 2010, we went to Scotland for that Christmas and spent the New Year touring London, Amsterdam and Paris.Listen to what your friends and family have to say, sure, but thank them for their opinion and continue living your life.Family rumors circulated amongst the extended family that I was heading off for Christmas in Scotland with someone I had met on the internet (although let’s be honest I’ve met worse guys “conventionally” in bars and nightclubs than I have online); that Mike was actually 60; and I had friends who went as far to enlighten me in detail as to how I was going to end up raped and murdered, chopped up into little pieces in a garbage disposal in some dark alley somewhere in the world. ) I was continually told that there was no way he was being faithful to me 15,000 kilometers away, and that I was wasting my time and being ridiculous.
After flying home from Africa and fitting back into “reality”, roses arrived for me on my first day back at work!
It was actually my first time in Asia and it was incredible to see this whole culture I’d heard so much about but never actually experienced.
I saw the crazy roads, the mad nightlife and the caring and friendly nature of the locals.
I tasted delicious pho for the first time, experienced 15p bia hoi and witnessed the beautiful landscapes of Vietnam during my two-week itinerary.
Time was tight but I wanted to see as much as possible, without seeing too much and spending all my time worrying about my next sleep and how I was going to get there.