Month: December 2017

Travel

Hanoi – Hitting the Tourist Hotspots

Hanoi welcomed us with a small step toward Christmas temperatures, in the mid sixties, and I finally didn’t regret lugging around the warmer gear in my bag.  I definitely enjoyed navigating the city without being constantly drenched in sweat, but I recommend bringing layers.  We stayed warm while walking, but […]

Travel

Burning legs and hidden gems on Cat Ba Island

For those who are not familiar with Cat Ba Island, let me assure you it is equally as beautiful as the famous Halong Bay at a fraction of the cost with far fewer tourists.  If I could sum it up to one word, without a doubt Cát Bà Island is heaven. […]

Food

Discovering new flavors in the North – Hanoi

After working our way up North from Ho Chi Minh City, through Mui Ne and Nha Trang, we arrived in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi.  With no idea what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised by the charm of the Old Quarter and the variety of food throughout.  Although the “street food” […]

Stats

It’s not all walks on the beach and waterfalls

My inspiration for this week’s stats comes from some #realtalk Facebook posts I read this week.  These posts seek to acknowledge that the picture of peoples lives that is portrayed by Facebook is far from reality and seeks to open the door to the side of the world not seen […]

Travel

Sand, Streams, and Seafood in Mui Ne

Early Start x2 Be prepared for an early start, if you want to catch the sunrise at the White Sand Dunes outside of Mui Ne.  For us, we actually got the pleasure of waking up at 4am twice. Morning one, we stood outside watching Jeep after Jeep roll by for […]

Stats

Week 1 by the Numbers

I still laugh about the day my college football coach, Coach Hawk, admitted that he was a “stats guy.”  For years, he would begin our first meeting of the week by proclaiming “Now I’m not a stats guy…” and then proceed to show us stat after stat and where our […]

Travel

Tunneling through Cu Chi

Take a deep breath, put your claustrophobia aside and descend into the Cu Chi Tunnels. These are a must see when in Ho Chi Minh and absolutely worth the little bit of extra time and effort it takes to get there. 250 kilometers (that’s about 155 miles for my friends […]

Food

Eating your way through Ho Chi Minh City

Without a doubt, food in Ho Chi Minh City is bomb! If you have never experienced the bustling streets of HCMC, it is hard to imagine that among the chaos of passing scooters, school kids playing soccer and little shops spilling on to the sidewalk, there could possibly be some of […]

Food

Vietnam's Coffee Culture

As I write this, of course I am sipping on the most delicious interpretation of an iced coffee I have ever experienced, and that is a bold statement considering I drink a lot of coffee. It is without a doubt a cultural phenomenon to see the vast array of locals drinking the […]