‘let’s think about it’ to ‘let’s do it.’

“Hm, let’s think about it and come back.” We’re thinkers before we become doers, especially Justine. She likes to know her options, think about a plan, and then come back after making an informed decision. Unsurprisingly, this doesn’t turn out to always be the best mode of decision making when it comes to living abroad….

Showing Off Viet Nam: Our first Visitor!

It’s a tall order to ask friends and family to come visit when you (literally) live halfway around the world. They’re always invited but we certainly don’t expect it. So when our friend from Wisconsin who moved to Japan decided to visit us, we were eager and excited when she told us she was coming…

Joe’s Big 3-0 in Indonesia!

Birthdays have been very important to us since we started seeing each other and we try to do something special for milestone birthdays. For Justine’s 30th, we had a weeklong trip through Ireland and it was incredible. We had such a wonderful time that we agreed to go back when Joe turned 30. We didn’t…

The Magic Yellow Wall

If you google the word yellow (go ahead, do it), you’ll see link after link of why yellow is a color for the introverted, the extroverted, the loved, the independent one, the kind one, the smart one, blah blah blah. It’s for everyone. There is something intriguing about the color yellow. Justine loves yellow, she…

Here’s our two cents on plastic pollution in Viet Nam

While not an attractive topic, we thought it was important to talk about one of the most impactful shifts we have recognized since moving to Viet Nam. So what’s one of the things that have stuck with us the most as we navigate our new lives? It’s plastic pollution. In countries like Viet Nam, where…

Have we mentioned how friendly people in Trà Vinh are?

We generally avoid making sweeping statements as we know no culture and community is homogeneous; however, we’ve had such amazing experiences with people in Trà Vinh. We understand that this is because we are foreigners with light skin, who they don’t see often, but we’re thankful they are willing to engage with us. At first,…

Sa Pa, the gem of Viet Nam

We headed up north for a long weekend. It meant a bus ride to Sai Gon, a flight to Ha Noi, then a 6 hour bus ride to Sa Pa (we took an overnight 8-hour sleeper train on the way back!). All the hours of travel were worth it to breathe in the cold air,…

What do you need for Good Luck in the New Year?

The short answer: happy wishes and vegan food. We  were invited to a Vietnamese pagoda for a celebration on the 15th day of the lunar year (March 2nd, 2018). The first day and 15th day (full moon) are considered special days of the month. Full moons are important, but we were told the first one…