‘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….

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…