After 18 Months, I Say Goodbye to Saigon

I’ll begin this post with a travel quote I’ve always loved but never truly understood until I came to Vietnam: “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and […]

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What Makes Saigon Unique

Here are 35 things you’ll understand if you’ve spent any amount of time in Saigon… Fish sauce Tough, toothless grannies in street pajamas Motorbike nappers Megaphone street venders Lottery ticket sellers Soup on a hot day Overloaded motorbikes Ridiculous Traffic 9. Miniature plastic dining furniture 10. Com tam 11. The heavy smell of grill smoke, incense and fish sauce 12. Lounging […]

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The Unwritten Rules of Saigon Traffic

Look forward, never behind Driving the wrong way on a one way street is a perfectly acceptable and common practice, stay to the far left/right Driving on the sidewalk, especially when impatiently waiting to turn right at a busy intersection is also accepted. Though there are no stop signs in the city, there are many stoplights, which are merely a suggestion, and […]

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Expat Life in Vietnam: The first 3 months

I realize I haven’t been the best at blogging lately. I suppose a pretty full teaching schedule paired with exploring my new city + days off spent at the pool or sweating my culo off have left little time for blogging. Or maybe its the sort of inspiration block common when one finally decides to settle in and stay awhile. I apologize. […]

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