Xin chào, Ho Chi Minh!

We thought it was about time to leave the cloudy north and head far away south, to the bottom of country to treat ourselves to some much-needed sun in and around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s biggest city. (Formally known as Saigon, the city was renamed in 1976 after their first president and revolutionary leader…

Sapa and Fansipan

Sapa is a colourful and charming mountain village in northern Vietnam, close to the boarder with China. The village lies in a valley about 1500 meters over sea level and is surrounded by the The Hoàng Liên Son mountain range, which includes Indochina’s highest mountain, Fan Si Pan. We decided to take a four-day trip…

We Love Hanoi

Before we start to explain to you why we are in love with this colourful city we thought it would be good to give you a few facts about it first. Hanoi was founded back in year 1010 and became Vietnam’s capital in 1945. It has a population of 2,5 million living within the city…

How old are you? I’m fine!

Our five weeks as volunteers have come to an end and it is time for us to leave the comfortable life as English teachers (a bed and food on the table every day) and start exploring the rest of Vietnam properly. There have been small cultural changes we have had to get used to, such…

The Wedding (including video)

Between the two of us, we have only ever been to three weddings, not as much as we would have liked. But within the a few days of our arrival in Vietnam we were unexpectedly invited to a traditional Vietnamese wedding, and best of all, they needed some best men. The bride and groom met…

The days are flying by

So, it has been a while since we have updated everyone back home, we do apologize. We are still here, teaching English, on the outskirts of Hanoi in Vietnam. We have been here for three weeks now and are still enjoying it (most of the time). We have 4-5 lessons a week and then lots…

Good morning Vietnam

After traveling for 24 hours straight on 3 planes (which is expected when you pay for cheaper flights), we finally landed at Hanoi International Airport in Vietnam. As you may already know, Asia can sometimes be a culture shock to many Westerners but thanks to our transfer stop in China for a few hours, I…

“Vinaka, thank you very much”

Not long after you have learned the greeting word, Bula!, you will learn how to say thank you. Fijian people seems to apricate it a lot if you can say “Vinaka” whenever you feel grateful, pleased or just want to show some good manners. And that’s it. If you know how to say hello and…

”Bula, Welcome to Fiji!”

”Bula and Welcome to Fiji, welcome home my friend!”. It doesn’t matter if you are the worst of remembering new words or not, a very short while after landing at Nadi International Airport, Fijis only airport, you will be very familiar with the word Bula. Bula is a positive greeting word meaning many things including…

Good bye New Zealand!

Our time in New Zealand has come to an end, after almost three months it is time for us to say Goodbye to New Zealand for this time. We did plan to cover both islands in three months but we completely underestimated how long it would take to see everything, especially at the speed that…