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Photos from our SE Asia trip to Singapore, Vietnam and Korea

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:57am
Sorry it took so long, but I finally got around to uploading our photos from our trip. Check them out! Related posts:Graphics and Photos from U.S. Government Vietnam wrap-up Eating and wandering through Korea Related posts:
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Eating and wandering through Korea

Tue, 07/20/2010 - 9:19am
It’s been a busy few days full of trains, buses, walking, eating (especially eating!), meeting relatives (brothers, cousins, aunts, nieces and nephews). After spending last week in Daegu with Shinjoung’s parents, we headed up to Seoul and its surroundings to visit myriad relatives — I know some names, but mostly I remember them as relations [...] Related posts:
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Right at home in Taegu, Korea

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 3:26am
Yes we’re still on our SE Asian tour. Shinjoung and I have been in Taegu, Korea for the last few days. No videos to post yet (and also no tour books to consult ). We’ve been staying pretty close to home, visiting with family, eating, visiting with more family. As some of you know, Shinjoung’s [...] Related posts:
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Vietnam wrap-up

Tue, 07/06/2010 - 11:06am
Well we’re off tomorrow for Korea. It’s been a great (but IMMENSELY HOT & HUMID!) 4 days in Hanoi. We ate tons of street food — Bun Cha, Pho (pronounced like “fur”), Banh Mi, Banh Goi, Chao Ga, and a bunch of things we don’t know the names of but are listed on the wikipedia [...] Related posts:
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Shinjoung’s Yalta

Tue, 07/06/2010 - 11:05am
As our Vietnam trip comes to an end, I have to admit that we haven’t completely abolished the guide book but have come to a detente. It’s hard to kick old habits ☺. We’ve had fun, lots of laughs and continuous debates – did you expect anything less from me?! One of the most exciting [...] Related posts:
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Overnight sleeper to Hanoi

Sat, 07/03/2010 - 10:52am
Shinjoung and I took the overnight sleeper train from Hue to Hanoi. Originally we tried to get our own ticket at the station but were defeated because a) we didn’t have enough Vietnamese Dong on us (thought wrongly that at least the train station would have the ability to use a visa card); and b) [...] Related posts:
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Experiment of un-lonely planet guide experience

Wed, 06/30/2010 - 11:09pm
Today we’re heading for Hanoi and I proposed to James to do the un-lonely planet guide experience. James insists that he is different since he is using a rough guide instead of a lonely planet guide.  I will let him believe whatever makes him feel good ☺. James is not unique among travelers. You can [...] Related posts:
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Traipsing around Hue

Wed, 06/30/2010 - 11:18am
We decided to rent motorcycles (and drivers, we’re not THAT crazy!) today in order to get further afield in Hue, Vietnam. Below is a video cobbled together of the day. We’re off tomorrow to Hanoi on the overnight sleeper train which should be fun. At least it’ll be air-conditioned Related posts:Overnight sleeper to Hanoi Vietnam [...] Related posts:
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wanderer vs. planner

Tue, 06/29/2010 - 4:11am
James and I have a little different travel style. I’m a wanderer while James is more of a planner (who likes to wander).  I rarely plan for any trips or read about the place where I will visit partially because I’m lazy but also because I enjoy trips with few plans or goals. On the [...] Related posts:
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Vietnam day 2 & 3

Mon, 06/28/2010 - 11:04am
Day 2 we decided to take an organized tour (against our better judgement) to the Mekong delta. It was pretty cheap ($24/person) but it was mostly ferrying the group around to various places to buy trinkets. The water coconut farm was interesting, but I wanted to spend more time visiting the beekeepers and listening to [...] Related posts:
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Greetings from Ho Chi Minh City

Sat, 06/26/2010 - 4:23am
Shinjoung and I landed in Ho Chi Minh City last night and are staying a couple of days at Madam Cuc’s hotel. We went out exploring today and this is the first thing we saw: Click To Play Traffic in Ho Chi Minh City We had some delicious soup, gluttonous rice wrapped in banana leaf, [...] Related posts:
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