Morning Glory

You’ll either think we’re crazy or that we were taking advantage of a good thing while we could. We definitely thought it was the latter when we decided to eat at Morning Glory restaurant four out of our five days in Hoi An, Vietnam. And on one of those days you could say we ate there twice: we ate our products at the Morning Glory cooking school (thank you Lisa!) as well as going back for dinner. It. Was. That. Good. We eat pretty well... Read More

“PERRRfect!”

Mr. Xe and I riding to his uncle's shop. Mr. Xe (pronounced Mr. Say) is a character out of an Ayn Rand novel. He’s about 45 years old, five feet tall, and has a flamboyant personality. While small in stature, he is a force to be reckoned with and we believe the best tailoring value in Hoi An. Constantly moving or twitching, he is a whirlwind of measuring and note-taking. I couldn’t help but a feel like my needs came in second to his.... Read More

Hoi An: “Buy something?”

I was supposed to hate Hoi An. This tiny city on the coast of Vietnam is infested with tourists, has little to see and it’s biggest attraction is shopping or tailoring to be more precise. Sasha had big plans for clothing she wanted to make and begrudgingly I started to look forward to getting my first suit that was made to order and tailored. Four days, three suits and seven shirts later my impression of Hoi An is quite different. The entire... Read More

Hoi An’s Nana

Sasha with Nana. We got sucked into the tailoring scene in Hoi An big time. Okay, okay, maybe I expected to and even planned to since I did come prepared with recommendations that previous travelers to Hoi An posted on the internets… I narrowed it down to five places. We made something at each of them. Josh wrote a post with our experiences at the five shops that you can read here. But we liked two tailors in particular and doubled down with them.... Read More

What A $25 Hotel Looks Like in Vietnam

Traveling for a year means a lot of planning, a lot of fun, but also living on a budget. Sometimes budgets are meant to be ignored (like all rules, right?) but you still need to have a budget to know when you’re going astray. Otherwise the trip might need to end too early when the green runs out! Hotels so far take up roughly 20% of our budget. We’ve stayed in a range of hotels from $3 a night in Banaue, Philippines at our cheapest (which... Read More