I’ve traveled to some amazing places in the past 5 months, and I’m extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to do so. With each new place I see, the urge I have to see more grows. I want to see the world. But one place — a very important place that I have yet to see — has been, lately, calling to me more than ever.
I really want to go to Vietnam.
How have I not been there, right? I’m half Vietnamese, my mother was born and raised there. I am 24 years old and have never been to this place that is such a huge part of who I am.
But it’s complicated. My mom has been waiting for the right time to bring my sisters and I back to this place. This place that was her home. This place with such bittersweet, strong emotions permanently attached. But this place that will always be her home, where a huge part of her heart still resides.
When she last went to visit and came home with pictures, I was finally old enough to appreciate them. They were absolutely beautiful. This was back when I was in high school, a good 8 or so years ago. I think about it often. More and more people I know are traveling there, to Asia in general. My friend here in Malta got a postcard from her friend whose travels have taken her to Vietnam. When I was in Prague in January, I met an American girl who is also Vietnamese. Her next stop after Europe: Asia. And now, as I write this, she is in Ho Chi Minh City.
Now, what do I come across? Free People’s March catalogue photos are gorgeous, shot in Vietnam.
All the signs lead me to this conclusion: I need to go. Soon.
Images via Studded Hearts.