Author Archives: Brooke

Walking Road in Forest

Being English Language Learners, our students don’t always know the right word for something. When they get stuck they angrily exclaim, “I know the word in Vietnamese!” I counter this statement with, “If you don’t know the exact word, think … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation

English is hard. As teachers of English language learners, we are faced with that fact daily. Though we will argue that Vietnamese is harder to learn (7 tones!), we understand the plight of our students. While traveling through Japan, we … Continue reading

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Tokyo Fish Market and Tuna Auction

Our flight back to HCMC left from Tokyo on Friday afternoon. We spent the last full day of our Japan trip exploring Tokyo and getting lost on the subway system. The main mission of the day was to find Rob … Continue reading

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Tokyo: Bright Lights, Big City

Tokyo was lucky enough to have us visit twice. Once for a night when we flew in from Busan, and once for two nights when we flew out on our way back to HCMC. First impressions of Tokyo: -This city … Continue reading

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Because We’re Tall…We Make Little Kids Cry

Waiting for the elevator in the parking garage, a mom and her two young children (ages 3 and 1 I’m guessing) gathered near us. The 3 year old boy was smiling ear to ear as he stared up at us. … Continue reading

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Back From Japan

Japan was amazing. South Korea was wonderful. I feel a need a look up more synonyms. We are safe and sound in HCMC and currently sorting through pictures. Please note that all pictures of us are in the same jackets, … Continue reading

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Mai Chau Village – The Final Stop

After our Ha Long Bay visit, we spent the night in Hanoi and were off the next morning for a 4 hour van ride to Mai Chau (my cho) village. It was an overcast day and the hills surrounding the … Continue reading

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City 6: Hanoi – Get Us Out Of Here!

Finally. A plane! We took a one hour flight from Hue to Hanoi. Super easy.¬†Our friends on the DMZ Tour had warned us that Hanoi was a busy city that they hadn’t enjoyed too much. Since HCMC is super busy, … Continue reading

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City 5: Hue – The Plague of the Buses (Part 1)

If you’ve been reading about our adventures for a while now, then you know that we aren’t good in tight spaces. Well, our enjoyment of cramped quarters was seriously tested during our stay in Hue (Hway). Our first day was … Continue reading

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City Two: Nha Trang – Beach Get Away

After two days in the City of Flowers, we headed for Nha Trang. A winding four hour bus ride took us over a mountain pass and had at least two people throwing up into plastic bags. (Sorry for the visual.) … Continue reading

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