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I ate a lot of amazing food while traveling and I made sure not to pho-get to show you what I ate in Vietnam! I ate a lot of Pho, which is a Vietnamese soup made of broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat. It's perhaps one of Vietnam's most famous dishes and popular street in restaurants and as street food. I tried many variations throughout the country, including one from a street stall that told me and my companions that it was made from "special cow." I'm still not quite sure what that special cow was...

Most of Vietnam was cold. And rainy. It was something I wasn't expecting and was something that made me not want to ever do anything but curl up in the hostel lounge watching movies. I had to adopt the mantra we had set for ourselves on our trip to Hyder: next time. Next time I will do the Mekong Delta. Next time I will see Ho Chin Minh's mausoleum. Next time I will ride a motorbike through the central highlands. Next time I will trek through Sapa. Next time I will appreciate the beauty of Halong Bay....

If you'd asked me six months ago I don't think I would have told you that on January 3, 2012, I'd be sitting among strangers who are somehow friends, in Hanoi, Vietnam, grilling my own meat on the sidewalk, that I'd be ordering too many passion fruit mojitos at once because we got back to the hostel bar with just five minutes left of the 2-for-1 ladies night special, that I'd be drinking rum and cokes and stealing people's buckets at a bar that was hidden from police interruption. But that is how I celebrated six months of travel. That is...

You would think that being in a country where male backpackers seem to far outnumber female everywhere I go would be heaven. But, quite frankly, it's getting old. You never really know if someone actually likes you for you or if they like that you're a girl and you're there. It didn't help that on the day I arrived in Hanoi, as Matilda and I chilled out in the common room watching movies, I found out that Gabriel, who I haven't heard from since Thailand, is in Vietnam, going the opposite direction. And so we probably crossed paths at some...