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…

In Two Worlds: Christmas in Viet Nam

We moved halfway around the world, but in some ways, it still feels like Christmas. Okay, not really, it’s hot and humid, we’re surrounded by Buddhist temples, and we haven’t heard a whisper about if people are being ‘naughty’ or ‘nice.’ However, we are experiencing the consumerism of Christmas. To us, it’s a complete divide…

Ode to the Tiny Plastic Chair

We love eating out. We did in America, and we most certainly do here in Viet Nam. Thankfully, the Vietnamese dining experience is kinder to our budgets. Some of our friends here have said, don’t bother buying and making food at home—it’s way cheaper to eat out.  In fact, we love the dining experience. Beyond…

The Hủ Tiếu Experience

What exactly is hủ tiếu? From what we have read, people seem to label it as ‘Pho’s cousin’. It is a delicious bowl of clear broth served with rice noodles, specifically hủ tiếu rice noodles. We pronounce it hue tiu. This dish is particularly popular in the south of Vietnam and is most often consumed…

A day trip to Can Tho

We got a chance to visit the largest city in the Mekong Delta: Cần Thơ. It was nice to travel outside of Tra Vinh, especially on something other than a bicycle. Beyond arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, we haven’t been able to see the rest of Viet Nam so this was a chance to…

Celebrating Teacher’s Day

November 20 is Teacher’s Day in Viet Nam! Classes are canceled and most teachers have off until they join in the celebration in the afternoon. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the day to recognize the hard work teachers commit to for their students and their communities. We are fortunate enough to be working…

Are we doing this right? Working at a Vietnamese University

The University system in Viet Nam is quite young, but what it lacks in age, it makes up in heart. Our colleagues are committed to the work and the energy around campus is vibrant. The students are eager to learn from us and we are learning culture and language from them. Our university, Tra Vinh…

To Pack or Not to Pack: Our Essentials for the Move Abroad

We read about 14 different blogs about what to pack for living abroad. Some were specific to Viet Nam, while many were just generic packing lists. They were overall very helpful to get our minds focused on what was a priority to bring and what could be left behind. Here are a couple of links…

Our Apartment!

Here’s a quick video of our new living quarters. Enjoy!