One wild year in to the beet

Welp, a big one here! Last year, September 28, 2017 we received our work visas for a one year contract to work at a University in Viet Nam. We were so excited and with permits and visas in hands we announced the move! Looking back exactly from one year, we have had a lot of…

We think you should travel to Viet Nam during the rainy season

We know, most people want to avoid unpleasant weather experiences, but we’ve actually really enjoyed the rainy season in Viet Nam. In the south, the rainy season is from May until November with June, July, and August have the most rainfall. We were going to write an extensive article on convincing people to come visit…

Here’s our two cents on plastic pollution in Viet Nam

While not an attractive topic, we thought it was important to talk about one of the most impactful shifts we have recognized since moving to Viet Nam. So what’s one of the things that have stuck with us the most as we navigate our new lives? It’s plastic pollution. In countries like Viet Nam, where…

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…

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…

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…