Makeup and Motorcycles

Given that we are on the road for a year+ and carrying 40L backpacks plus one small camera bag, it’s no surprise that people are curious as to what did and didn’t make the cut.  Generally, questions center on clothes, … Read More

Reborn in Luang Prabang

It’s been a helluva ride, literally and figuratively, these past couple weeks. As you may have read, we’ve had laptop issues, which became compounded when H’s MacBook screen cracked.  Though still usable, it makes processing photos tough. Then, there’s been the … Read More

When Gadgets Go Wrong in Vietnam

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We are just a week away from the four-month mark in Vietnam.  Half of me wonders where the time went, and the other half feels like we’ve been in Vietnam forever. While I’m not sure one ever feels settled into … Read More

The “Ancient” Imperial City of Huế

This is how I referred to Hue, until I found out that it was the imperial capital of Vietnam during the not-so-ancient Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945 CE).  Oops.  Never hire me as a tour guide.* You might forgive my ignorance if you’ve seen … Read More

Backpacker Whiskey Sours

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Is there anything better than a good, stiff cocktail?  I’m talking about one made with quality booze, not all muddied up by neon mixers and too much sugar.  The kind of cocktail where one is fun, two will really get … Read More

Adventures in Caving, Part 1: Tu Lan Caves

Part 1 of 2 on caving in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, Vietnam. Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past year or two, you’ve probably heard of Hang Sơn Đoòng, the largest cave in the world.  If you’ve got … Read More

From Rags to (Relative) Riches

That about sums up the second leg of our Mekong journey from R?ch Giá to Phú Qu?c Island after leaving C?n Th?. R?ch Giá will not make my list of favorite places in Vietnam.  It’s a classic port town – squalid with … Read More

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