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One Week in HoiAn

Hoi An is a town in central Vietnam about an hour from Da Nang, the country’s third largest city. Da Nang is very popular with tourists because of My Khe Beach, which is supposed to be very scenic with white sand and calm waters. Initially we had planned on spending a week on the beach, […]

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Suo Tien Cultural Amusement Park

Making the best of our last days in Ho Chi Minh City, we visited Suo Tien Cultural Amusement Park on Saturday. It took a few attempts to find it as Google Maps led us astray (this has happened several times in Vietnam). Our first Uber dropped us off in the middle of a random alleyway. […]

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Ho Chi Minh City: Last Days

Our flight home to Calgary leaves early on the morning of December 6. We will spend 25 hours in transit – insanity! We are far from home indeed. In the meantime, we have a few days to explore Vietnam’s economic capital and biggest city. Ho Chi Minh City feels so much larger than Hanoi, less […]

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Some Very Sad News

After five months on the road, our world trip may come to an abrupt end. Roman has been struggling with a stomach bug ever since we flew into Vietnam three weeks ago. It has gotten better, then worse again, then better again, and now…worse again. When we first arrived in Hanoi, we figured he’d caught […]

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Sam Blogs: Hanoi

November 14 I went to Hanoi. There are lots of motorcycles. My house is a mansion. It has five floors, a huge TV, a nice lamp, a private bathroom in my room, two big sofas, nice stairs, nice door. My only recommend is the kitchen. There is only one plate. We saw dogs. They were […]

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Peter Blogs: Hanoi

November 16 Today I’m excited to go to the water park. I remember this one time I went to a water park on this trip [in Hannibal, Missouri]. This is gonna be so fun. Yesterday we went to the water puppet show. It was cool because the puppets were in the water! We saw puppet […]

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Travel Bugs and Vietnamese Barbecue

First off, before making any sort of food post about Vietnam, I have to give full disclosure: the food has made us ill. Roman and I have caught a whole other kind of travel bug, the kind that makes our stomachs churn. The kids (knock on wood) have so far avoided tummy troubles. I think […]

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What we did in Busan

Stepping off the ferry in Busan was like a homecoming for Roman and I. We’d spent our first year of marriage teaching English to kids in Gimhae, a suburb of South Korea’s second-largest city. We’d even taken this same ferry once, when we visited Japan on our New Year’s vacation from work. This is why […]

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The Jjim-jil bang (Korean bathhouse and sauna)

The Korean bathhouse is a unique experience. Many Westerners feel uncomfortable getting naked in public to use the baths, and I understand that it can be a difficult undertaking, especially with children. If this had been our first and only time in Korea, and if we hadn’t had an inkling of how awesome Korean jjim-jil-bangs were, […]

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The Panstar Ferry

We said goodbye to Kyoto on November 1st and took an overnight ferry across the Sea of Japan to South Korea. The Panstar “cruise” is a Korean-run ferry that sails between Osaka (Japan) and Busan (South Korea) three times a week. We booked our tickets online and picked them up at the ferry terminal without […]

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