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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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,…