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Mui Ne’s Red Sand Dunes

Mui Ne’s Red Sand Dunes

mui ne

I’d seen pictures of the otherworldly landscape of the sand dunes in Mui Ne prior to arriving in Vietnam. It seemed odd that a town without much to offer in terms of attractions would be home to two massive sand dunes. The White Sand Dunes are located about an hour out of town, while the Red Sand Dunes are on the outskirts. Both are typically accessed by the tours that run to both, but you can…

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Where Uncle Ho Meets Mother Russia

Where Uncle Ho Meets Mother Russia

nha trang

I had been forewarned about the number of Russian visitors to Vietnamese beach towns like Nha Trang and Mui Ne, but it was different seeing it firsthand. Upon sitting down at a restaurant, the waiter assesses you to determine if you speak English or Russian. Usually we were handed Russian menus before they tracked down an English copy. This was definitely not something I expected in Vietnam,…

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Overcast first day in Old San Juan’s colorful streets. #sanjuan #puertorico (at Chateau Cervantes)

Overcast first day in Old San Juan’s colorful streets. #sanjuan #puertorico (at Chateau Cervantes)






Wise words for #blogging and life in my birthday gift from @racheleubanks1.

Wise words for #blogging and life in my birthday gift from @racheleubanks1.






Can You Have Roots and Wings?

Can You Have Roots and Wings?

family

Something I’ve struggled with for as long as I’ve been traveling is having it all: both a close relationship with my friends and family and the thick skin required to travel the world solo. I find myself justifying my extended jaunts because “no one really notices when I’m not there” and that I’m not really missing much in the scheme of things. But it’s hard to be involved in the lives of those…

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Lured Into the Charms of Hoi An

Lured Into the Charms of Hoi An

hoi an

If Huewas a stopover, Hoi An was the place I could have spent a week. I’d heard so many great things from my fellow travelers about the historic town in middle Vietnam, but I still wasn’t sure if it would seem too Disney-esque for my liking. But my concerns were unfounded. Hoi An is as iconically Vietnamese as you’d expect, with the signature architecture and red lanterns, but is charming enough…

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Photo Friday: Hue, Vietnam

Photo Friday: Hue, Vietnam

hue

Where am I? 

Wandering over the moat and into the city walls of the Imperial Citadel in Hue made me feel like I was walking through turn of the century China, rather than modern day Vietnam. After an overnight train from Hanoi and a day spent recovering from the heat and exhaustion, Sammi and I started the long walk from our hotel in “central Hue” to the city’s main and only tourist site. The…

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The American War Legacy in Vietnam

The American War Legacy in Vietnam

war remnants

War is brutal. That much I knew. But seeing images of the destruction of both Vietnamese and Americans during the war at Saigon’s War Remnants Museum, I wanted to know why we went. Was it to support our allies the French in the South? Or to fight the dreaded spread of communism? I didn’t live through the conflict myself and can’t pretend to understand military protocols. But I firmly believe…

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Happy Birthday to Me! Photo from a cafe overlooking #Hanoi. Check out my 27 Things to Do Before Turning 27 up now on the blog! Http://www.wp.me/p2lxp3-2Pz #citcblog #latergram

Happy Birthday to Me! Photo from a cafe overlooking #Hanoi. Check out my 27 Things to Do Before Turning 27 up now on the blog! Http://www.wp.me/p2lxp3-2Pz #citcblog #latergram






27 Things to Do Before Turning 27

27 Things to Do Before Turning 27

27 things to do before turning 27

Today is my 26th birthday, thus ushering me into the age known as “late twenties.” My 25th year was one of personal growth and physical fitness. I learned to accept my figure, but despite that lost weight and gained muscle after two a day workouts many days of the week. I ran my first half marathon(#21), albeit a slower time than I wanted, but it was a goal I accomplished. I went to one therapy…

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