A birthday celebration, Vietnamese style

You first havc to know that Vietnamese don’t traditionally celebrate birthdays. According to their Buddhist tradition, being born means you have not yet achieved nirvana and escaped worldly pain and suffering. By contrast, a death…

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Chúc Mung Giáng Sinh!

In other words, Merry Christmas from Vietnam! And from the North and South Poles combined... We'll be off the grid for a few days, including Christmas Eve in a tribal village and Christmas Day in…

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Vietnamese dreams

When you spend days and days with a person, even if they are your hired guide, you eventually start to get very personal. When we talk about our own lives and ambitions, our companions often…

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