A 3-week road-trip aback and forth across the country, just before the 2016 election.
Was it overdue? Yes. Was it rushed? Yes. Do I need to do it again? Yes. But was also a great preview and a relief to see my own country in more detail before I headed out to the rest of the world representing the USA.
3 weeks was not nearly enough time to be satisfied in Vietnam, but it was enough to fall in love with Hanoi, drown in Bun Cha, rappel down waterfalls, and vault Vietnam to the top of the 'must return' list. Added to the bucket list: 3 months motorbiking to see Hoi An in the sun, Sapa in the clear, and the more remote parts of the beautiful country.