The first time I saw him was in a meetup even for a British blogger. I remember people making a big deal out of meeting him, saying that they were a fan. I didn’t know him then so I remember wondering, who the hell is this guy. They say that he is a famous travel blogger and one of the best there is. To be fair I wasn’t being a snob, it’s just that during that time most of the bloggers I knew were either food or personal bloggers. I didn’t think I’d ever get to know this guy, let alone become one of his friends, but that’s what happened. Obviously, my standard for friends is leveling up hahaha… So without further ado, let me present to you our 7th Travel Bug feature and the first for 2016, Jonathan Espiña of Jon to the World.
I didn’t want to do the usual touristy stuff in Vietnam but that’s exactly what I ended up doing. It’s not that I was trying to be hipster it’s just that I wanted to write something different. Many bloggers have gone to the Mekong River and wrote about it so what more could I say that you haven’t heard of already? But I loved the Mekong River. It was a simple experience, but it was enough to remind me to focus on the joys of traveling and not dwell on the scamming incident that I had the day before.
A young monk was staring at me and I didn’t know why. He was carrying an incense, lighting them, and putting them in the altar. I wondered if I looked like someone he knew, I wondered if there was dirt on my face, I wondered if I’m the next jedi and he’s going to be my master. Then another monk entered the room and gestured for me to leave. Guess I’m not going to be a jedi. As soon as I stepped out, I realized
why I’m not going to be a jedi my mistake; I was wearing shoes in a room where footwear is not allowed. That’s what happens when you visit a Buddhist temple and you’re not aware of the rules.