I'd expect readers of this blog to have become accustomed to the not-so-hidden food agenda of almost every post I write by now, but nevertheless, I feel obliged to inform you that my experience of The Emerald City was one predominately planned around the needs of the bottomless pit that is my stomach. However, I do … Continue reading West Coast Wanders: Seattle in 72 hours
Cost: £££££ Weather: 🌞 🌞 🌞 Novelty factor: 🍜 + ⛱ Street food has become a way of life for me over the last four months. At home al fresco dining is a novelty, be it from a hipster food truck or a market stall. In Asia it is the norm. If you're hungry and on a backpacker budget the … Continue reading A Guide to Penang Street Food
After teaching the equivalent of a small Asian army over the last few months and then discussing the little rascals over hard earned after-school bia hois with other TEFL-ers, I've come to realise the kids here in Hanoi have a few things in common when it comes to classroom behaviour... 17 Things All Vietnamese Children Do … Continue reading 17 Things All Vietnamese Kids Do…
I've been living in Hanoi for a month now, manically snapping away like every other eager tourist (no shame) - trying my best to capture the colour, the culture and the craziness of the city. Thought I'd share some of my favourites...
I'm still finding my feet with the food here in Hanoi, particularly the street food. What I mean by that is, I am still getting used to the assortment of animal carcasses and unfamiliar smells emerging from the various street markets, including the one located right on our doorstep. I consumed my fair share of mystery … Continue reading Taste of Vietnam: Favourites So Far
Everyone told us the first week would be stressful, chaotic and disorganised. They weren't joking. We were thrown in at the deep end, having been in Hanoi just over a week we found ourselves teaching our first lesson Monday morning, to a class of roughly 48 children. But let me recap... Hanoi is awesome. It's a really diverse, … Continue reading Teacher April: My First Week in Hanoi
I've been in Hanoi for almost two weeks now and I can confirm culture shock is very much a thing. This is a list of things you have to just accept as the new norm when living in Vietnam... Men will generally have outrageously long, perfectly manicured nails, often in far better condition than your own. … Continue reading Hanoi: Social Normalities