We fly out to Hanoi this morning for An's visa interview. He has been issued a Vietnamese passport, so as far as the Vietnamese government is concerned, he is ours. We submitted most of the paperwork for his American visa here at the U.S. Consulate in HCMC but are required to interview in person at the U.S. Embassy. It's a two-hour flight to the north. While we have really enjoyed our time in Ho Chi Minh City, it will be fun to explore another Vietnamese city. City. However, we are also starting to get weary of living in hotels and are longing to bring our family back to the U.S. and begin the process of helping An settle into his home. And as much as I love Vietnam, the heat and humidity is starting to get to me. You can't be out in it for more than an hour or two, even early in the morning, before you feel yourself become completely drained. In a climate like this, air-conditioining is not a luxury, it's a necessity.
If all goes according to plan, we may be ready to fly back to the U.S. as early as the middle of next week. More to come from Hanoi.