Vietnam for the Visa

Well folks, this has been quite an adventure to say the least. Jennie and I left early Friday morning, April 5th, to Vietnam for my Visa to stay in Thailand. But before I can actually do that, I first had to get a Visa to Vietnam. I already applied online and had all my documents and pictures taken and ready when I arrived. That of course didn’t speed up the process for then I had to wait in line for 3 hours, and get in 4 different lines. Thankfully I am now of course in. Poor Jennie had to wait outside that whole time without knowing what happened to me for we didn’t get our phones switched over yet to a Vietnam sims card.

You know how you always picture in your mind what something is going to look like and you’re in total shock when it isn’t what you thought. That’s me. I pictured little villages with huts made of straw. Don’t ask me why. I just did. Well I failed as a millennial because I didn’t google it. The huts happen to be up north – opposite direction where we are located.

So if I hadn’t already been living in Thailand I know I would have serious culture shock issues here. The people drive motorbikes like crazy with horns beeping all day and all night long!! They even drive on the sidewalks and about run people over – including me! Crossing the street is literally a nightmare. You step out and just inch your way quickly through the street praying they go the other way. Jennie and I can’t help but scream and laugh while crossing them.

I have heard of rough places and have experienced some rough places, but this place beats them all on feeling unsafe. I booked a hotel online so we would at least have a place to sleep that night. As Jennie and I found it with our GPS it was down an alley surrounded by bars and TONS of people. This picture is of the alley. Exhausted, we climbed seven flights of stairs to find our room at the very top! With two beds and one blanket and loud music, we knew this was going to be a long night. And it was.

The next morning at 5:30 a.m. the sun was already shining. We got up to find some breakfast and as we stepped out of the hotel I about gagged because the concrete wreaked of urine, smoke, and alcohol. So instead of breakfast, Jennie and I went off to search for a different hotel. Thankfully we found one, even though it’s on the Main Street with tons of noise and parties, it’s a nice room and it came with two blankets. We thank God we are safe in here!

I’m amazed at how wicked this city is. It’s definitely Sodom and Gomorrah in today’s world. Everyone drinks so much alcohol and I even wear a mask because of all the smoke. It’s party city all night long and dead in the morning for people are hung over. It’s just very sad for the people here seem so depressed because that’s all they are living for.

Please continue to pray for Jennie and me in two ways.

1. Safety and protection.

2. My document gets sent to the Thai embassy on April 10th and gets accepted that day so we don’t have to stay another week. This is very important and crucial.

Thank you all so much for praying! Don’t worry – pray.

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