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Life and Times of Ho Chi Minh

Life and Times of Ho Chi Minh

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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Before deciding to go to Vietnam, I could have told you little to nothing about the man known as Ho Chi Minh. I knew he was once a chef and spent time overseas before returning to his home country and ushering it into the modern and Communist age. But until turning up at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi and touring his former home, I didn’t know why he was so important.

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Very excited for the first #hplphotoaday challenge! Tag your faves this month starting August 1. #herpackinglist @herpackinglist

Very excited for the first #hplphotoaday challenge! Tag your faves this month starting August 1. #herpackinglist @herpackinglist






Beng Mealea: The Temple That Almost Wasn’t

Beng Mealea: The Temple That Almost Wasn’t

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Beng Mealea is one of Siem Reap’s lesser visited templesand was long so for good reason: land mines set up by the Khmer Rouge. Only a few people had visited the temple before its mines were cleared in the last decade and those who did faced a painful death if they took the wrong steps. And while now the German government has cleared the mines and a road has been built out to it, it’s still known…

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Mui Ne’s Red Sand Dunes

Mui Ne’s Red Sand Dunes

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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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