I'm a bit of a thinker. Most things that there are to think about, I feel like I've pondered. But I can honestly say that I never ever wondered what a pineapple plant looked like. And when I came upon one in an orchard I was wandering in the Mekong Delta, it was a revelation. Good grief, it was beautiful.
On my tour, we had a home stay in the Delta. I am a tiny bit of a princess about where I lay my head. "I don't camp and I don't go to dumps," I've been known to tell friends. Give me a chicken to break down, or homemade soup on a street corner and I'm fine, but I was a little apprehensive about our home stay.
But it was wonderful. And as soon as I saw the line of hammocks for us to relax in, I knew that we were in good hands. We played charades between 3 Americans, 2 Vietnamese, a Norwegian, and 3 Aussies, and I can't remember the last time I've laughed so hard. We ate fantastic food - most memorably a whole fish that was artfully presented.
An ice chest full of cold beer was set out and we kept a tally of how many we had so that we could pay in the morning. And then we retired to long bunks in our location right over the river. The next morning we were up to check out the floating market, then it was back to Ho Chi Minh City for a few final chaotic days.