‘let’s think about it’ to ‘let’s do it.’

“Hm, let’s think about it and come back.” We’re thinkers before we become doers, especially Justine. She likes to know her options, think about a plan, and then come back after making an informed decision. Unsurprisingly, this doesn’t turn out to always be the best mode of decision making when it comes to living abroad….

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,…

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…

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…