17 November 2011

Packing Decisions....


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Thinking about my English bike (notes on my Love Affair here) and if I would have any luck riding it on the streets of Ho Chi Minh. My guess is that anyone who has been there would think I was dreaming....



I am going to have to decide whether to take it with us to Vietnam. We plan to put most of our contents in storage and ship it to Australia where we plan to move after our posting in Vietnam. The bike is on the list. Should I or shouldn't I take it with us to Vietnam? I think I should... Adventures on my English Pashley bike..in Vietnam. There is bound to be at least one opportunity, wouldn't you think? I may not be brave enough to tackle the ambitions of the person in the photo above...but I think a flower basket shot on the back of my bike might work....


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I wonder if our dog, Tika, would ride in it.... :)

Decisions, decisions....should I take my bike or 
pack it up for the next stop on the Expat Express?  
What say you?

My Pashley :)


30 comments:

  1. Please, please take it with you Jeanne. It will seem hairy riding it there at first but I'm sure you'll master the traffic in no time : )

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  2. Thanks Kerry... I feel very encouraged already!

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  3. I say take it Jeanne.....nothing ventured, nothing gained !! I think that you would regret it if you didn't.
    .....and, what fantastic photographs. They should really get you in the mood for your move. XXXX

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  4. Thanks Jackie....a woman after my own heart, my thinking exactly! :)

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  5. You would have to be stark, raving, bonkers Jeanne! I've lived in south-east Asia. While living in Thailand there was a game afoot where some unscrupulous locals would throw themselves in front of any vehicle someone so obviously-foreign was driving (car, scooter, bicycle - no matter)...and, hey presto! said foreigner was suddenly responsible for 'victim' and all 19 extended family members for a very long time.

    Pack your bike and send it to Australia (where you don't stick out quite so much)...and after you have got the lay of the land and you should desire of some bike riding, buy one there (I'm sure a deal can be had).
    In the meanwhile...hire a driver - it's all part of supporting the local economy, in a far less-stressful way.

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  6. Take it..you may never have the courage to ride it in what I hear is crazy traffic, but it will be there if you do. How have I missed that you are going to Vietnam? That sounds like a story in itself, and I find myself wishing I could sit with you sipping tea and chatting for hours. One of these days, Jeanne, maybe that will happen.

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  7. We rode bikes in Japan but only in the countryside. For the kids it was great and gave them some exercise. As far as in the city, you could always pick up a bike there if you didn't want to hassle with it. That's wonderful that you know you will be in Australia afterwards! Just the not knowing is half of the stress. Will any kids be making this move to SE Asia or will they all be in college now?

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  8. I say take it definitely Jeanne.... Imagine the shots... xv

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  9. If I had a bike as classic as yours I'd certainly take it along...you never know when a flower vendor might have the perfect bouquet for your basket!

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  10. I say take it with you! But be careful (I'm still not over that Top Gear episode).
    Funny pictures - we Danes are famous of transporting everything on our bikes, but I think we have found our match in the Vietnamese:-)

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  11. I would take it...oh, the places you'll go!

    XO,
    Jane

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  12. Oh, take it!
    And fill it with flowers like these wonderful ladies!

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  13. Take it. I think you will miss it otherwise.

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  14. I would say take it. It's so pretty. I am on the look out for a bike like that.

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  15. Another vote to pack your bike. It's too wonderful to sit in storage and I can just picture you riding the streets of Ho Chi Minh & I'm thinking you'll be having one tremendous time. Such an exciting adventure Jeanne. The pictures you posted are amazing!

    Cheers x Deb

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  16. I wish I had some wonderful advice to give. I have no background to help. Love your bike. Go with your gut feeling. Bonnie

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  17. NO JEANNE...DON'T DO IT...DON'T TAKE THAT BIKE WiTH YOU.......SEND IT TO ME!!!!
    Just joking...well just a little bit...I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your bicycle
    .I love my California Cruiser too, it's perfect for cruising in summer time but your Pashley would be absolutely darling for the fall and the winter.
    Those photos of the flowers are breathtaking...what a wonderful experience awaits you!

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  18. Oh, take your Pashley but guard it well! Someone else may think it's beautiful too!

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  19. Yes, you definitely take it. You won't be in Vietnam forever and may need it in your next port of call. Plus, such a great English souvenir :) Love love the photos - I want a bike overflowing with a garden

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  20. Lawks! I'm just catching up. Vitenam! I don't have any opinion on Vietnam or bikes but was completely enthralled to hear that Australia was the step after that. You should def. make sure you get onya' bike down under. (Best take it with you then so you can keep up the practice.) So thrilled for you - you globe-trotter you. I'm still in an Obamamania haze. It's been quite a ride these past 27 hours with the Pres in town. No pun intended!

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  21. You should definitely take it with you, isn't he worth seeing Vietnam? :)

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  22. I say take it but please take care of your dog. I have heard they go missing in Vietnam....

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  23. I say take it but please take care of your dog. I have heard they go missing in Vietnam....

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  24. I would pack that bike up and send it to Australia, I have heard the traffic in Vietnam is pretty horrendous. And it would be awful if it got stolen.

    Hope your lovely dog makes the change ok.

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  25. Take it with you! You'll miss it too much to leave it behind!

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  26. Hi! Many thanks for your blog! Actually I have never come across anything that interesting.

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  27. Such a pretty post!
    But sorry, the mother in me says send your bike on to Australia. You won't have to worry about it being stolen and if the streets of Ho Chi Minh feel safe enough for you to ride I'm sure the hotel can arrange bike rentals for you.

    My two cents :-)
    xx
    Slim

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  28. Take the bike and add a few baskets!

    I think you'll want it - you may not use it the same way you do now, but there will be times when you want to pedal away or towards something, and nothing will feel the way your bike does.

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  29. I say take the bike for sure!! A wonderful way to get to know your new homeland.. Looking forward to you coming out here also!! ciao ciao xxx Julie

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