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…

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…

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,…

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…