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Good Morning Vietnam: A Westerner’s View on a fast-growing Country under Communist Regime

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Vietnam. A country that triggers memories for many and has seen one war after the next within the last century. The Chinese, French, Japanese, Americans – everyone wanted a piece of this strategically well-situated country in the South China Sea. Movies like “Apocalypse Now”, the post-traumatic condition of many US veterans and the realization that communism managed to maneuver out one of the most powerful...
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Let’s Try Something New

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As the saying goes, there’s a first time for everything. Traveling the world allows you to grow in many ways but experiencing something new is always a growth experience. In the month and I half I have been traveling I have already done so many things for the first time which has allowed me to […]
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Oh, The Places You’ll Phở

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Pairs Well With…Chopsticks + Culture in a Bowl + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner You. Yeah, you. The one thinking “Doesn’t she know that phở is pronounced FA (not FO)?”  Well, yes, yes I do.  But let’s be honest, the annunciation as FO lends itself to many more jokes.  So, for the sake of humoring myself, bear with... The post Oh, The Places You’ll Phở appeared first on...
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Buckle your Seat Belt: My New Vietnamese Home & First Impressions

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First Impressions of Ho Chi Minh City, aka Saigon I’m well into my second week of living in Vietnam, and I’m still trying to get my bearings. When you land in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon and still called that by most, it doesn’t take you long to realize that everything is coming at you fast and furious…motorbikes, people, and life in...
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Why You Should Drink Coconut Water On The Daily

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I am not a nutritionist so take my advice with a grain of salt but because I love real coconut water so much I wanted to share my perceived benefits. It is delicious It is fun to watch them cut the coconut and hope they don’t chop a finger off Usually the coconut sellers are […]
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Week 9: Eating, Praying, Loving Bali

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  A few days on the island of gods, together with other beautifully interesting women, an endless buffet of cultural and natural sights and countless Wayans catering to us? Sounds like the recipe for an incredible week! Watch us as we enjoy our villa, the beaches, volcanoes, ancient temples, and… cat poo coffee!
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Motorbikes & Dongs: Vietnam’s Sensory Overload

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Pairs Well With…Motorbikes + Dongs + Sensory Overload Motorbikes.  Dongs.  Pho.  Those three things, all plentiful throughout the city, are what I first noticed upon my arrival to Vietnam.  (Imagine, if you will, the number of dong jokes that are exchanged within our group each day.) Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), month 2... The post Motorbikes & Dongs: Vietnam’s Sensory Overload appeared first...
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An Oasis In Hectic Ho Chi Minh

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Arriving in Ho Chi Minh city was a culture shock for me.  The beauty, chaos and vibrancy of the city was too much to take in all at once.  Crossing the street is a sport that I haven’t quite gotten good at yet.  I am competitive so I plan to master this before I leave. I […]
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French Influence in Vietnam

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The French influenced not only the words the Vietnamese use like Café but they also influenced architecture with the colonial styles as well as their cuisines like Banh Mi’s and Vietnamese Coffee. Post Office Duong Van Ngo, who has worked at the post office since he was 17 is Vietnams last living letter writer.  He […]
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Bonding with Orangutans, Silver Leafed & Proboscis Monkeys, Sun Bears and Pythons in the Wilds of Borneo

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In fourth grade, I wrote a book report on orangutans and have been fascinated by them ever since. It has been an absolute lifelong dream to be able to visit them in the wild in their native rainforest homeland of Borneo. Last week, I was finally able to make the trip to Borneo on a solo journey into the jungle. I chose to visit the...
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