I laughed out loud when John, the head of teachers for Vietnam, wished me an “uneventful” flight to Vietnam.

I had never thought of it that way but isn’t that what we all wish for when we fly? No lost luggage, no crying babies, and (of course) no technical malfunctions. Simply, uneventful. I guess I should have taken john’s sentiment more to heart when I booked back to back flights with only a 1 hour layover in Seoul. Luckily, the flight attendants moved me up to the front of the plane 10 minutes before landing and I quickly made friends with a couple who were hoping to make the same tight connection.

Immediately after getting off the plane, we were met by another attendant who personally escorted us through security and to our gate. After 11 hours of sitting and and attempting to sleep, I was suddenly thankful I had decided to wear my running shoes to the airport. No sooner than when I had made it through security and re-tied my shoes, the attendant escorting us breaks out into a full sprint while shouting “Ho Chi Minh, follow me! Ho Chi Minh, follow me!”

I arrive at my gate just in time and a little out of breath (and by a little, I mean a lot). Matt, the other American teacher traveling with me, is already comfortably in his seat and I give him a sweaty high five as I walk past him down the isle. Uneventful? Not quite. Fun? Hell yes.

— Taylor Caldwell