Posts Tagged ‘Hanoi’

The Hanoian Haggle: Learning to Bargain in Vietnam

The Hanoian Haggle: Learning to Bargain in Vietnam
By Samantha Laufer This expat author tells a story about learning to assimilate with one of the most important and pervasive aspects of Southeast Asian culture: the art of the bargain. Today, I spent a few minutes arguing (or, shall I say, “bargaining”) with the woman at the local market for a bushel...
July 2nd, 2012 | Expats Abroad, Vietnam | Read More

There’s No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home
I never thought I’d travel halfway around the world to spend a Sunday night watching Sex in the City and ordering take out. When our new twenty-three year old French friend, Emmanuel (we met him on the train back from Sapa), invited us to his home for wine and cheese, we jumped at the chance to...
April 11th, 2007 | Asia, Backpacking & Trekking, Food & Wine, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Vietnam | Read More

Lost in: Hanoi, Vietnam

Lost in: Hanoi, Vietnam
When Holly first visited Saigon, Vietnam in 1999 (during a post-collegiate voyage with Semester at Sea), she didn’t have the funds to take an extra excursion north to the country’s capital and the nearby regions of Sapa and Ha Long Bay. Fellow students who made the journey, however, came...
March 28th, 2007 | Asia, Health & Safety, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Vietnam | Read More

Happy Birthday To Me!

Happy Birthday To Me!
I may be a full-fledged adult, but I felt like a kid playing dress up when I put on high heels and red lipstick for my big birthday celebration in Hanoi, Vietnam. I didn’t even own heels, so we spent the day wandering through the shoe market while Vietnamese women pointed at our feet and laughed...
March 14th, 2007 | Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Parties, Festivals & Events, Vietnam | Read More

Happy Hour in Hanoi

Happy Hour in Hanoi
Jen thinks we need to get out more. She claims we’re not “real” backpackers because we:  a) don’t frequent enough backpacker bars, b) eat at restaurants instead of grabbing street food, and c) take showers (OK, she didn’t really say the last one-I’m using a little...
February 8th, 2007 | Asia, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Parties, Festivals & Events, Vietnam | Read More