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Food, Fare, and Fun in VIETNAM!

April 18, 2011

Okay, I guess it’s time to break it to you…Matt and I are heading to Vietnam.  We leave in just a few more sleeps and will be gone for just over a month.  YEAH!  Are we excited?  Yes!  A little nervous too.  But, once we board the plane there is no turning back and I know we’ll have an amazing adventure.  One that we will remember for years and years to come.

For the last few years, Matt and I have been travelling the world one country at a time.   I love it!  There is nothing greater than experiencing a new culture, tasting different foods, enjoying exotic surroundings, and the history…oh, the history.  The entire experience makes me feel thankful.  I’m thankful we have the opporunity to travel, grateful  my mom is willing to love and care for our 8 boys (the four legged kind), blessed to have someone to share it with and delighted by all of the wonderful people we’ve met along the way (some of whom we still keep in touch with).  Travelling broadens your horizon and reminds us this big world of ours is a very special and beautiful place that we all need to take better care of.  It opens your mind in ways you didn’t know were possible and makes you more accepting of other people.  It is truly a gift to go outside of your comfort zone and embrace a new country, a new culture, and a new way of life.

When we are able to gain free wi-fi and if it is not unbearably slow we will give you the occassional update.  A lot of our trip will revolve around food.  We will be taking a cooking class in Hanoi.  Cooking…well, I’m not sure but Matt’s excited.  The part of the class that  interests me is the trip to the market to learn what and how to purchase fresh ingredients.  Did you know they produce one of the world’s best peppercorn?  Apparently, once you’ve tried it you are ruined.  And, for Matt (the coffee snob) there is coffee beans that come from the digestive system of the Weasel?  Now, it’s no Kopi Luwak but interesting just the same!  These are just a few of the many things we plan on experiencing while visiting Vietnam.

I’ve made this jazzy journal (using my new cricut) to keep track of the people we meet, the places we go, and all the cool stuff we do.  So, if you’d like to see Vietnam through our eyes keep checking back for updates!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. mrs. turns permalink
    April 18, 2011 11:39 pm

    holy jazzy journal!!!
    have a fantastic (and safe) trip!

  2. April 19, 2011 8:33 am

    Can’t wait to read your updates…this seems to be how I travel…through other people’s travels! ;0)
    Have a wonderful time!
    Anita

  3. sylvia permalink
    April 19, 2011 10:13 am

    I dont even know you, but I am so excited for you! This sounds like an amazing adventure that will be full of strange and exotic sites and foods.I will wait anxiously for your coming posts. HAVE FUN!!!

    • April 19, 2011 11:40 am

      Thanks everyone for all of the well wishes! We are in countdown mode now and are getting pretty excited.

  4. April 21, 2011 1:26 am

    I’m really excited about updates from your long trip. How lucky are you guys?! I know lots of Vietnamese places around here have this amazingly flavorful, rich, drip coffee – a little contraption that sits on top of your cup. I think sweetened condensed milk is usually added. Hope it’s not weasel coffee, but I bet your husband will love it (if it’s really a Vietnamese thing and not just a Vietnamese-American thing).

  5. Nora Bahr permalink
    April 24, 2011 4:44 am

    Wow! Sounds amazing.
    I love Vietnamese food (thanks to my adventuress college roommate).

    Hope you have a wonderful, safe, trip. And I’m very envious of your adorable travel journal.

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