Trekking in Sapa

Situated high up in northern Vietnam, Sapa is a charming little mountain town full of colour & culture. Many travelers miss this hidden gem… you shouldn’t!! It’s a breath of fresh air…literally… from Vietnam’s bustling metropolitan areas, & the natural beauty & the people are both incredible to witness. Rice paddies cut into Sapa’s rich greenery cling to the steep valley sides in almost impossible... Read More

Homestay in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

A trip to the Mekong Delta is one of the best things you can do when visiting Vietnam. Except, most travelers go to one of the dozens of travel agencies in the backpacker’s district and pay too much for a trip that makes you feel like you’re apart of herd of cattle being roped from one place to the next. We’ve been to the Delta a few times and have finally figured out the secret to the BEST TRIP you can take there! The answer is,... Read More

Saigon Cooking Class

The 2 A+ students with our Cooking Master What better way to acclimate yourself with a new culture than diving into its cuisine?! Vietnamese food is fresh, sweet, and full of flavor. Every meal is a treat and what’s even better, most meals here cost less than $2.oo! My neighbor from Korea (whom I love so much!) came to stay for a week, so we decided to try our luck in one of Saigon’s many cooking classes. We thought we might as well get... Read More

Travel in India: The Inconvenient Truth

Travel is awesome. It’s an experience, it’s an education. BUT!… it’s not always fun & games… particularly in India! There is no arguing that the subcontinent offers some of the world’s greatest sights & experiences, but India also throws up some difficult challenges that might have you questioning if it’s all worth it?! Culture shock may need to take on a new name in India because it is another... Read More

Festival Fun

   Cherry Blossom Festival Korea’s nothing short on festivals. There are festivals for literally every occasion you can think of. International films, music, butterflies, buddhism, traditional music, Ginseng root, rice culture, jazz, ceramics, seafood, paper lanterns, soybean, whales, fireworks, kimchi, mountain snow, mushroom, FIRE, sea-parting (similar to Moses), rice cakes, tea bowls, mime, herb medicine, martial arts, wild tea, bamboo,... Read More

Attempting ‘Buddahood’ (Korean Temple Stay)

Since our arrival in Korea 8 months ago, we’ve heard so much buzz surrounding temple stay programs. It is a perfect opportunity for travelers to experience Buddhism, living amongst the temple’s monks for 2 long days and one short night. For me it was the chance to try to understand this fascinating religion that I know so little about. In the last 10 months I have visited dozens & dozens of temples spread all over South East Asia... Read More

TIK. This Is Korea.

I love Korea & I love my job for its randomness. I don’t know why I am still so surprised when these daily occurences of disorder and confusion happen. I should be ready for the randomness that is everyday life because really… who in the hell knows anything in this country? Somehow things get done, somehow schools are still running, and somehow the government has control. Here’s a few of the better moments that prove my point,... Read More

Confucianism… or should that be confusionism?!

Korea is an extremely random place. Things happen rather whimsically, & it is irrelevant how important these things may actually be. It can be exceedingly frustrating at times & may well be a common cause of mental health issues! For some reason it is very difficult to get a straight answer from a Korean. Most sentences will begin with ‘Maybe…’ or ‘I think…’, immediately bringing the forthcoming statement’s integrity... Read More

Our couch surfing Host Dan (bottom right) and fellow couch surfer Finally got a chance to couch SURF, and as expected great experience. Well, other than the 3 minutes that the guy was beating his dog for barking. That was kind of unnerving… but minus that, we stayed 2 nights in his apartment, went out to eat at Malaysian, Indian, and Chinese restaurants. He was even sweet enough to take us out for some pig’s intestine. He was smart... Read More

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