Category Archives: Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon

Cookin’ Vietnamese Style

Vietnamese food is not really my style. The most famous dish is Pho, which is broth and noodles. It’s pretty tasty if made right, but is extremely awkard and messy to eat. Often, pho has (mystery) meat and vegetables mixed … Continue reading

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Dad Visits!

The apartment was ready. The cleaning lady had just left, there were extra sheets on the spare bed, and a newly bought third plate and mug sat in the cupboard. Dad’s flight from Guangzhou, China was about two hours late … Continue reading

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Motorbike: The Family Car

We have seen a lot of crazy things on the back of motorbikes since we’ve been here: mattresses, couches, bookshelves, ladders, steel pipes, fish tanks. You name it, we’ve seen it. The thing that never fails to amaze me is … Continue reading

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Our First Motorbike Accident

As I am sure you have realized by now, driving a motorbike in Saigon is no easy feat. You can read Rob’s take on driving in the city here. Somehow, Rob has mastered this challenge and drives whenever we want to … Continue reading

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FV Hospital

Three weeks ago we stumbled on a half marathon that is going to take place on September 9th.  We became so excited, but did not feel in marathon shape. So we decided to run a week of two-a-day training runs … Continue reading

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The Perils of Non-Potable Tap Water

The tap water in Ho Chi Minh City is undrinkable. Though it has chlorine and floride, and looks clean, some sort of parasite is lurking in it’s flow. We are able to brush our teeth, clean our dishes, and cook … Continue reading

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The things we miss list #1

So we have only been here a little over one month, and are starting to miss certain items from home.  After two cups of wine (not glasses, that is not Ho Chi Minh Style) we started in on another list … Continue reading

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Morning Exercises

In preparation for the half marathon that Rob and I plan to run in 4 weeks, we have taken to the pavement. We have been pretty diligent about going to the gym, but figured we needed to get re-aquainted with … Continue reading

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Motorbike vs Motorbike

So we had been here for one week when we were already thinking of getting a motorbike. After a few days and nights of watching traffic, and feeling isolated, I pulled up my memories of riding my Honda cb750 custom, … Continue reading

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Dancing with the traffic

The thought of crossing the street was a no brainer in the states, you walk up to the crosswalk and wait for the light to flash WALK.  If the street was busy you knew that the cars would stop.  Their … Continue reading

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