‘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…

Why Da Lat is a perfect Getaway spot

It’s July in Viet Nam. We’re hot. We wanted a cool getaway. Da Lat was our ideal destination. There are many online lists of the sights and sounds of Da Lat, they all say “this is the real Viet Nam” or “Must try Vietnamese food” and it makes us roll our eyes. We eat real…

Bưởi, đu đủ, ổi, oh my!

Grapefruit, pronounced boi, papaya pronounced due doh, and guava pronounced oy! We love the fruit in Viet Nam, especially in Tra Vinh. It’s a bountiful fruit-lovers dream: roadways with banana plants pushing in to the street, coconuts trees hovering 20 meters in to the sky, and saplings bursting with mangoes so close you could touch…

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,…

See ya Starbucks, Vietnamese Coffee has our hearts

Coffee enthusiasts, coffee connoisseurs, or travelers who just so happen to drink coffee while visiting Viet Nam may be aware of the bold and strong taste of Vietnamese Coffee. Its rich heavy flavor is very distinct to traditional drip coffees in the USA. Viet Nam is actually a very large producer of coffee. We were…

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…