I'm of two minds about this, at this point. When it first happened, I was infuriated. Who does something like that? I've been looking forward to this vacation for an age, with visions of me playing Thomas Fowler in a gorgeous hotel room overlooking a main road, waking a little late in the mornings and drinking strong Vietnamese coffee at a table outside on my imaginary hotel's imaginary veranda overlooking an imaginary busy, scenic Vietnamese street. I would then spend the day wandering around and taking in the various cities, not bothering with anything too touristy or pressurized, basically just trying to soak up the place in whatever way struck my fancy that day. Time alone. To unwind and decompress from the continuing uphill pace of life in the ROK.
Now I've got a middle-aged Korean tagalong. What in the hell am I going to do with her?
She started a thread on Dave's ESL Cafe as well:
Long story short, one of my old, married co-teachers has decided she's coming on my trip to Vietnam with me this winter vacation. I don't particularly mind the woman, but this is my vacation time and I travel alone for a reason.
Before everyone jumps in with their helpful "just say no and tell her to shove it" advice.... obviously, if that was my style, I wouldn't be asking for advice to begin with.
Anyway, read the rest of the post for more, as well as Diana E's comments on her Going Places blog.