"Like A Real Asian"

Location:  Hanoi, Vietnam, May 15

"You're like a real Asian" said my guide, Hai, to me as we were touring.

I stared at him given the obvious... I am blonde, freckled, with a spotty tan and sweating to death.  Not white as snow, quiet, composed and covered.  Apparently, I had just whipped out my lady fan in the oppressive heat and opened it with dramatic flair and an audible zzzzzzzzip!  This impressed Hai and made him take note.  I, "like a real Asian" Ashley really should just pack up an go home.  Because on this day -  this hot, sweaty, crowded and pushy day in Hanoi -  I have achieved all I can.  I have won.