Have we changed?: Thoughts on our time in Viet Nam

While we spent time in the United States for a quick holiday, we were asked lots of questions about our new life in Viet Nam. What are the people like? What’s your favorite Vietnamese food? How’s your grasp on the Vietnamese language? Do you have a motorbike? What’s the weather like? While we had answers…

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,…

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…

I eat chicken, I have a wife: Survival English

We have picked up side work by helping proctor English exams for government employees, students, and any one wishing to further their English skills. This came about through Joe’s work and like several events in Viet Nam, we are informed casually or in passing or sometimes with not much notice/no notice at all about something…

Bicycling through Rice Paddies

We hit the road to see what we could find. Join us as we guess our way through leafy plants, giant trees, and farming land.

The assumptions of a foreigner

Over the last three months, we’ve both learned a lot about assumptions. We all have them, and not until a we were confronted with reality rather than just the common myths, did we have to take a step back and re-think what we thought we knew. Joe and I strive to unlearn what we’ve been…