Hoi An, Vietnam sits on the coast of the slender, central plains area, just south of the 17th parallel dividing historic South Vietnam from its northern neighbor. Along with Hue and Danang, both slightly to the north, Hoi An serves as a sleepy stopover for tourists enroute to Saigon from Hanoi, or [...]
This is the second half of a two part series. See Everything I Ate in Vietnam, Part I for the whole story.
You poor, poor readers. What a task I’m putting you to. I’ve already subjected you to 1,000 words about Vietnamese food, and I’m not [...]
I have bad news. I’ve published my own thoughts on the internet long enough to think that they’re important. I’m suffering from solipsistic delusions of grandeur wherein my reader base of exactly 13 subscribers (myself included) desperately awaits pictures of what I ate for dinner. It’s their passion, the imagined lust of [...]
On our last day in Vietnam, we booked a quite affordable Mekong Delta day trip from Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City. We went with low expectations, because how could a tour costing $10/person and including lunch make money without luring us into potentially dubious pay-as-you-go attractions? Certainly a tour like this would not [...]
In the last six months in Asia, I’ve struggled with the usual bouts of daily living that one would expect to experience as an American abroad. I’m always blasted by culture shock when walking into a restroom without soap or toilet paper that caters not only to customers, but to people who [...]
Hello faithful readership! The three of you that read this probably already know that I’m going to Vietnam for nearly two weeks. This time I’m LEAVING MY COMPUTER at home. It will be a long, tough withdrawal hopefully tempered by bowls of pho.
In the time leading up to traveling to a new place, my mind, without any intentional action, conjures a plethora of ideas of what’s in store. It’s as if all the stories I’ve heard, movies I’ve seen, and books I’ve read create this trove of content that spontaneously materializes into a diorama [...]
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