Finally, my dream came true: a visit to London. Ten days in a really big and interesting city brought so many wonderful experiences to me. I saw in person what I had known only from my books before: red buses, red telephone booths, the Underground, Big Ben, 10 Downing Street, the Thames, London Eye, Baker Street, British Museum, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Odeon Cinema, Harrods, Covent Garden, pubs, Hype Park, St James's Park, Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral ... I cannot express all my feeling about the holiday, but I can say that it was great. And I wish my friends and my son will have a chance in life to come to this city (like me).
Finally we found a day when three of us were free to visit our colleague who has a newly-born baby daughter. She lives almost opposite Noi Bai Airport. I set off at 8.30 am and picked up my two friends near Hanoi Hotel and then we proceeded to the aiport. What a long distance but we had a really good time whenever we are together. So not a big problem to travel a long distance. We ended up in Hanoi Hotel's buffet restaurant to have our last lunch of the old year together. We won't meet other again until 18 February, the end of our Tet holiday. I will celebrate the Snake New Year in London, Van will come to Thanh Hoa (her hometown to celebrate it with her family) and Mai will stay in Hanoi. Before we said goodbye, we agreed to spend summer holiday in Hue this year (we could not keep our promise to visit Van's hometown in 2012. I hope in 2013 we will be able to travel together).