China Border Crossing

Entering China seemed somehow different from crossing any other country border we’ve crossed to date. It might have been the tenuous relationship between the US and China, the difficulty acquiring a visa, entering a country with a, ehm, strong central government or that the guide book warned that it might be taken from us on crossing because of its depiction of Taiwan as a separate country. No photos were allowed, as is custom at every border,... Read More

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

We were lucky enough to order a good cup of Saigon Style Vietnamese Iced Coffee during our first few days in Vietnam. Sasha doesn’t even like coffee and couldn’t get enough. As we’ve headed further away from Saigon, it has become harder and harder to find a good one. "It's so special. It's so Vietnamese." For our friends in DC, prepare to be subjected to experiments attempting to recreate an authentic concoction.... Read More

Motorbike Madness

According to our guide, Saigon is home to 5.6 million motorbikes and 7 million people. Even if that number is exaggerated, motorbikes are clearly the primary form of transportation in Vietnam. The country is supposed to have as many as 20 million motorbikes total. By comparison, America had 6.6 million registered motorcycles in 2006 .  Keep in mind, America has 4 times the population and most motorcycles are used for leisure. That many motorbikes... Read More