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…

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…

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…