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Back To City Life In Hanoi | Explore Vietnam

Back To City Life In Hanoi | Explore Vietnam

After sailing in Ha Long and trekking in Sapa, I was ready for a return to the city life I had grown accustomed to the past two years. I arrived in Hanoi at 5 am off a night train. I caught a taxi to my hostel which was surprisingly closed. I thought oh well, I can’t do anything so I will just sit on the step until someone comes.

The Bookworm Bookstore | Explore Vietnam

The Bookworm Bookstore | Explore Vietnam

I am one of those people who should get a kindle but hasn’t because I like the look, feel and honestly smell of an actual book. So, with that being said, I usually end up taking a few books with me when I travel. I think I started with four, one of which was small and was almost finished. I had planned to be finished two by the time I got to the end of my trip in Vietnam and…

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Falling in Honey by Jennifer Barclay | Book Chat

Falling in Honey by Jennifer Barclay | Book Chat

Remember my post in January about the travel memoir books I was going to read this year? Well I have finished the last one and I have to say I have learned a lot about different places in the world and how different types of people travel. Falling in Honey is one of my favourite books I have read this year. It was so well written! The details, the descriptions and the adjectives all made me want to keep reading…

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Trekking in Beautiful Sapa | Explore Vietnam

Trekking in Beautiful Sapa | Explore Vietnam

I had heard that Sapa was a beautiful place in Northern Vietnam and I did not want to leave it out of my trip there. I booked a tour through Ethnic Travel, a company that hires local guides from one of the 54 ethnic tribes that live there. They are with you on the trip and take up up into the mountains, to your overnight homestay and tell you everything you want to know about life in Vietnam, Vietnamese history…

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Sailing Around Ha Long Bay | Explore Vietnam

Sailing Around Ha Long Bay | Explore Vietnam

With my time in Korea coming to an end I really wanted to take advantage of my proximity to other Asian countries and explore the ones I had yet to visit. This trip would be two months! The longest I had ever travelled before. I was trying to decide what to bring; cute but practical outfits that would keep me cool in the hot rainy season heat were my biggest priority and I brought way too much! Oh well I…

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A Day Trip to Macau | Explore Macau

A Day Trip to Macau | Explore Macau

Since we were back in Hong Kong, my friend Briana and I decided to take advantage of the close proximity to Macau. It is another Chinese territory and we didn’t need a visa to visit so we thought it was the perfect spot for a day trip. We went back to the pier, this time in search of a ferry to take us to Macau. Once we arrived we took one of the free shuttles hotels offer.

Hello Again Hong Kong | Explore Hong Kong

Hello Again Hong Kong | Explore Hong Kong

It’s the city I never get tired of coming back too. One of my favourite places I have been and I decided to visit it once again before I left Asia for home. After spending a few days on Cheung Chau island, my friend and I headed to the vibrant city centre for some urban vibes and a chance to revisit our favourite spots we found the last time we were here. Our first stop was to an ice cream…

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Book Chat: A Hundred and One Days By Åsne Seierstad

Book Chat: A Hundred and One Days By Åsne Seierstad

Åsne Seierstad is one of my favourite authors and one of my favourite people. I have never met her but her life is fascinating to me and I have read three of her books now and have really enjoyed them all. I wrote posts on the other two books: With Their Backs to the World and The Bookseller of Kabul. When I saw this one about Baghdad I got so excited (you know me and the Middle East)!

An Island Vacation on Cheung Chau | Explore Hong Kong

An Island Vacation on Cheung Chau | Explore Hong Kong

While living in Korea, our hagwon offered two vacations periods. One in the winter and one in the summer. For our summer vacation my friend and I were trying to decide where we would go for 5 days. At first we were looking into the Philippines, but the flights were too expensive and we were a little nervous about travelling there with the current political climate. We found a round trip to Hong Kong for only $150 and decided to…

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A Weekend in Taipei | Explore Taiwan

A Weekend in Taipei | Explore Taiwan

Living in East Asia you get the luxury of having two New Year celebrations. One on January 1st where the world celebrates a new year, a fresh start and makes some resolutions that may or may not be forgotten about by the beginning of February. Did I make any this year? I can’t remember, I am not really a resolution maker but I was determined to travel more this year and so far that has happened.