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Hue| June 18-20, 2016

Hue| June 18-20, 2016

After a long travel day on the cusp of our second week in Vietnam, by way of shuttle bus, crazy sleeper bus, airplane, and two taxis we arrived at sunset to our 5th destination: the city of Hue. Pronounced like the word ‘way’ but with an ‘h’ at the beginning (click here to hear), Hue is located in the central region of Vietnam and was once the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty and the national capital from 1802-1945.  It is…

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Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) | June 13-16, 2016

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) | June 13-16, 2016

As you’ll see from our video below, we started off with unexpected enthusiasm for Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). The words “super-modern”, “pushy”, “fast”, and “commercial” were bandied about with regularity by those who had gone before us, and so when our arrival afternoon brought us a cluster of positive interactions, sights, tastes, and discoveries, we were admittedly surprised. We managed to avoid being fare-scammed by our taxi from the airport! Our Airbnb homestay was wonderful! There are frozen yogurt shops…

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Our stay in Bai Xep at “Life’s a Beach” | June 8-12, 2016

Our stay in Bai Xep at “Life’s a Beach” | June 8-12, 2016

After the muddy blur of our initial days convalescing from jet lag in Hanoi, we were ever-so-excited to put our renewed states of consciousness to the next task ahead: luxuriating on a tropical beach. When we planned the itinerary for our first month of Vietnam exploration, we sought a mix of practical and indulgent destinations.  The practical included Hanoi, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), and Danang—cities where we might drop anchor once we’re ready to seek employment.  The rest were…

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“East meets West” Celebration with Family

“East meets West” Celebration with Family

WE HAVE A GOPRO!!! (But we’re getting ahead of ourselves…lets  go back to the beginning…) Back in January, upon hearing the news that we would be journeying for at least a year abroad in Vietnam, Mark’s sister Jill and her husband Gordon immediately made plans to host a May 21 bon voyage party to give us a proper send-off with family (that’s right: They’re awesome). The party’s theme was “East meets West” and their home, the menu, and dogs (Willis and Vlad), were all…

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