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Hue, Vietnam – The Imperial City

By | November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Southeast Asia, Travel, Uncategorized, Vietnam|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Located in central Vietnam, Hue, was a majestic city, the Imperial city and also the former capital of Vietnam when under the reign of the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 - 1945, yeah “same same, but different” last name. The fact that entrance fees for sights in Hue have been considerably more than anywhere else in Vietnam and for Vietnam standards, it makes it tough on a budget. With tombs and temples scattered [...]

From Hue to Hoi An on motorbike

By | November 18th, 2015|Categories: Southeast Asia, Travel, Uncategorized, Vietnam|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

We had already purchased bus tickets to take us the 5 hours from Hue to Hoi An, but thanks to Alex and Hannah (who we seem to be following !) planting the seed in our head, we decided to rent a motorbike for the day and do the drive ourselves.  One of the more scenic drives along what's known as the Mandarin Road, it's one of the best roads for those who might be new to [...]

Halong Bay – The Descending Dragon

By | November 15th, 2015|Categories: Southeast Asia, Travel, Uncategorized, Vietnam|Tags: , , , , , |

Basing ourselves in Hanoi allows many day trips, one of which is Halong Bay. The story goes that prehistoric gods sent a dragon down to protect Vietnam from invaders. The limestone “karsts” are from the dragon crashing down, hence the name of “descending dragon”. Halong Bay is a massive network of karsts, porous limestone plateau formations that are responsible for the many caves in Halong Bay. The term junk boat [...]

Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam

By | November 13th, 2015|Categories: Southeast Asia, Travel, Uncategorized, Vietnam|Tags: , , , , , , |

Getting to Sapa, 315km from Hanoi does not prove to be an easy or a comfortable journey.  Sure, the trip should only take about 4 hours, but Vietnam is NOT America.  Roads here weren't built for speed or safety.  What should be a 4 hour ride typically takes 6-8 hours.  So what were our options for getting to Sapa?  We could have taken a day bus, taking "6" hours, a night sleeper bus, taking [...]

The beginning of our Southeast Asia Adventures: first stop Hanoi, Vietnam

By | November 12th, 2015|Categories: Southeast Asia, Travel, Vietnam|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  After a  8 hour overnight bus ride from Barcelona to Madrid airport, combined 18 hours of flight and travel time nearly getting fined in Switzerland by overstaying our 90 day limit in the EU( by One day!) we were zombies when we finally touched down in Hanoi, Vietnam. Luckily we had arranged transportation from the airport to the hotel already and we were on our way as soon as we got our visas [...]

Bologna, Italy – The coolest city ever!

By | November 2nd, 2015|Categories: Europe, Italy, Travel, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Before coming to Bologna, in the Emilia-Romagna region, we were told by a fellow traveler and new friend that Bologna is the coolest city ever…..well she's kind of right. I initially wanted to coming to Bologna to learn about one of my favorite pasta sauce (scratch through) ragu and it turned into a cultural adventure. My friend Saskia, whom I met in Croatia, was going to school in Bologna and was telling me about [...]

Photoblog: Barcelona

By | October 29th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Spain, Travel, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If you're following along with our blog, you'll remember that we were already in Spain at the very beginning of our trip (it seems so long ago!)  However, we never made it to Barcelona due to our Visa constraints.  Not wanting to miss this famous Spanish city, we decided Barcelona would be our last stop in Europe before flying to Vietnam.  We also had frequent flier airline miles to burn and Spain somehow offered [...]

Cooking in Tuscany; our sixth and final Workaway

By | October 26th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Food, Italy, Travel, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

The stars aligned for us while in Italy and through sheer luck we stumbled upon what turned out to be the best Workaway opportunity of our entire trip.  We weren't sure what to expect and after our previous debate on whether or not work away was worth it for us, we agreed that we'd go into it with an open mind, but if we didn't enjoy it, we'd leave, and make other arrangement for [...]

A Look inside Turkish cuisine

By | October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Europe, Travel, Turkey|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Most people think of kebab when they think of Turkish cuisine.  Well, you're partially right.  There is so much more to it than kebab and not to mention the many different variations of it.  As with almost every cuisine, dishes vary from region to region and sometimes will only be prevalent in certain regions.  This kind of is unfortunate when you find a dish you can eat everyday and then when you leave the [...]

Venice, Italy: One Big SPLURGE!

By | October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Europe, Italy, Travel, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When this is the view that greets you when you exit the train station, you know you've arrived in Venice, a city built on and around over 175 canals.  And as soon as you get a glimpse on the cost of what a water taxi costs to take you go from the train station to the heart of the city (hovering around the 20 euro mark for less than a 5km ride!), you just know [...]