Thoughts of an American in Vietnam on Liberation Day
Apr30

Thoughts of an American in Vietnam on Liberation Day

I was a bit afraid to come to Vietnam. No, I wasn’t worried about being an American in Vietnam. It just seemed like there were plenty of horror stories occasionally mixed in with the “It’s an interesting place” vague ones. Okay, yes I was a little concerned about how I would be received. Not like I expected to be attacked or anything. It’s just. . . Complicated. Even though I was very young during the Vietnam War, it was still...

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A hotel owner’s life in Hanoi
Apr29

A hotel owner’s life in Hanoi

We had been in this small hotel for a couple of days. I enjoy this area because it’s full of daily life in Hanoi, even if that means it’s also really noisy. We came downstairs for breakfast and were greeted by the owner as usual, but this time I noticed his eyes appeared bloodshot. His movements lacked their usual energy, and the smile that was almost always on his face was noticeably absent. As we began eating, I asked if...

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Should you choose to visit Bangkok or Hanoi?
Apr26

Should you choose to visit Bangkok or Hanoi?

Bangkok took a bit of time and multiple visits to grow on us. Our 1st trip was after a month on Koh Samui. I’m not a fan of big cities normally, so I just chalked it up to that. But our second time was definitely different, and we really enjoyed it. Now’ we’re in Vietnam which is a whole different world. So if you’ve ever wondered about visiting Bangkok or Hanoi, here’s my perspective. Noise Thailand has a calmer culture. You...

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