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How to Eat in Vietnam

  The more I travel the more complicated eating becomes.   A self proclaimed foodie I remember when nothing brought me more bliss than biting into a piece of aged cheese or devouring a bowl of handmade pasta. I would proudly declare that french fries with truffle salt were...


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Hanoi

When Traveling is Hard

  Rain hails incessantly, transporting leftover scraps of meat, noodles, and egg along a grimy gutter river. Chihuahuas hide under the eaves of brightly lit shops selling sunglasses, hats, and pajamas. Motorbikes liberate opaque brown puddles. Their masters fly clad in neon ponchos.   The typhoon inflicted its flooding...


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Hanoi Old Quarter

The Next Chapter

  Today I awoke to the sound of motorbikes honking. They wove past women balancing baskets of limes, ginger, and tropical fruit. Indiscernible chatter in a foreign tongue followed by laughter echoed up the walls to my window.     Good morning Vietnam.     Less than four decades...


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