Last October, I had the incredible opportunity to visit Vietnam and some of my dearest friends. It had been years since I had taken an international trip and I was excited but also a little nervous. It was the trip of a lifetime. After much consideration, below are the top 5 things that I miss about Vietnam. [Read more…]
We spent the next several days visiting with another family friend (Meg and I actually stayed at her flat while my parents stayed at a nearby hotel) touring Hanoi. Coming to Vietnam for the first time held a special place in Meg and my heart for different reasons. For Meg, as you learned in her post about Luang Prabang, it was because she had a long-lasting interest in Communist revolutions and the war in Vietnam since high school. For me, because I am ethnically Vietnamese, but had never been to Vietnam before. (My birth mom had me in Houston, Texas where my parents adopted me). So I was curious to see the Vietnamese culture firsthand. I also wanted to see if I saw striking physical similarities between people I saw in Hanoi and me. Ironically, several people we came across in the city didn’t believe I was Vietnamese! They thought I was either from Singapore or Hawaii. “Somewhere near water”, as they explained. My parents, Meg, and I thought maybe it was because we were in Northern Vietnam and my birth mom was from Southern Vietnam? I guess we’ll all have to take another trip back to Vietnam to investigate. 😉 [Read more…]
First of all: Happy birthday, mom!
Secondly, during the summer of 2008 I was very fortunate to go on a 2 week trip to Southeast Asia with my parents and dear friend Meg. To say we had a blast is an understatement. It was so amazing to visit Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam all in one trip. Each of the cultures were rich in diversity and tradition. I found it particularly interesting to see how the character of each country varied from the next. For example, I found the Laotian people to generally be very gentle, quiet and welcoming and the Vietnamese to be much more aggressive, loud and busy – they always had somewhere to be, someone to see, something to sell.