Hanoi – Return to Big City life with Beer and Train streets

As fast as we could blink an eye we were already in our last city of Vietnam. A 30-day visa in Vietnam seemed to be plenty of time when we started planning this trip, but in retrospect, we probably could have spent 90 days. Truthfully, we didn’t really do much research into what we would … Continue reading Hanoi – Return to Big City life with Beer and Train streets

Cat Ba – Monkeys, Islands, and the comfort of strangers

A common theme from anyone that has done some traveling is that often you find the comfort of home in the arms and words of a stranger. There is something about being able to share your innermost feelings, with someone that doesn’t know you from Adam, that is incredibly freeing. There is no judgement, and … Continue reading Cat Ba – Monkeys, Islands, and the comfort of strangers

Da Nang – Early Rising (again), Marble Mountains, and the Ba Na Hills

When we first got to Vietnam we fell into a pattern of early rising and early bedtimes. The longer we have been in Southeast Asia, the more we slipped back into similar sleeping habits as home; late nights and late rising. Plus, the beer is great; its hard ok?  We are trying to force ourselves … Continue reading Da Nang – Early Rising (again), Marble Mountains, and the Ba Na Hills

Vietnam – A Stranger’s Kindness and Another Year Around The Sun

When we first set out on this journey, we knew that it in our first month I would celebrate my 33rd birthday. I have always loved my birthday for the simple reason that it has always been an excuse to get together all the people in my life at one time to meet, drink, and … Continue reading Vietnam – A Stranger’s Kindness and Another Year Around The Sun

Nha Trang – Guided Exploration vs Unguided Exploration

There has been a whole host of studies on how different people learn, and I think that some of that psychology plays out in how people approach new, or uncomfortable situations. Hours are spent researching and learning and getting as prepared as possible. As the learner approaches the unfamiliar situation, they have studied the potential … Continue reading Nha Trang – Guided Exploration vs Unguided Exploration

Nha Trang – Knowing when to say Yes and when to say No

One of the biggest struggles both Mandy and I share is the inability to say No to people. Our lives at home were one big constant stream of action. From late nights at work, to family get togethers', to squeezing in as much time as we could with friends, we were finding that we often … Continue reading Nha Trang – Knowing when to say Yes and when to say No

Phan Thiet – Early rising and a trip to Mars aka Red Dunes

Back in the states, we both would work until 7pm every night, meandering home through Seattle traffic, and, if one of us had the energy, threw some dinner together so we could eat around 9pm. Insert 2-3 hours of Netflix and we are looking at a typical midnight to 1am bedtime. One of the biggest … Continue reading Phan Thiet – Early rising and a trip to Mars aka Red Dunes