Top 6 Things to Eat in Vietnam

The biggest surprise about the food in Vietnam was how fresh it was. The country is small and everything, produce and meat alike, is rushed daily from the countryside to the ciites. Everything is cooked outside in neighborhood street kitchens so the sights and smells are tantalizing. Tom and the boys loved learning about the…

Top 6 Things We Learned in Vietnam

Vietnam can be a confusing place for those accustomed to truth. It’s not so much that the Vietnamese are dishonest, rather they are eager to please and as such will tell you anything they think you want to hear. Here’s an example: “Does the train go to Mui Ne?” “Yes, sir. It drops you off…

Top 6 Things We Learned in China

China was a revelation to us. We were surprised both by the good and the bad. We never expected the people to be so friendly nor the air to be so dirty. The country is racing headlong into the 21st century, trying to make up for centuries of isolation and decades of communism. As a…

Top 6 Things to Eat in China

We ate like pigs in China. The food is cheap, plentiful and tasty and far superior to anything we’ve gotten in Chinese restaurants at home. By the time we got to Yangshou, the younger kids were ready for some Western food and went back to their old favorites of pizza and lasagna. Dax could eat…

Top 6 Things for Families to Do in China

China was a major surprise for us. We went in fearing coldness and rigidity and instead found only warmth and flexibility. We were overwhelmed by the affection the Chinese people showed us and don’t doubt much of it was because we are a family, or as the Chinese like to say “big, happy family.” This…