• Living & Teaching in Vietnam: Q&A by Emily Rose Wanders

    In case you didn’t know, I have been living in Vietnam as an expat and as a teacher. I get a lot of questions regarding the process of finding a job, necessary qualifications, life in Hanoi, life in Vietnam, etc. Before I begin my Q&A, I need to have a quick rant! Ready? Okay. Life here is good. It truly is. I genuinely love living here. The best parts of my day are the moments when I interact with locals and enjoy the city in…

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    Things to Know before Coming to Vietnam

    So, you’re coming to Vietnam. There’s probably a lot you’re wondering, and I would imagine a certain number of concerns as well. Here’s what I think you need to know before coming to Vietnam! Everything covered here: Currency Toilet paper Toilets Tap water Recycling/trash Western comforts Cash/credit Scams Taxis Data WiFi Street Food Motorbikes Tipping Cultural Differences You will be a millionaire here Sounds exciting until you realize that a 100,000 note is about $4! Seriously though, $1 is about 23k Vietnamese dong. The highest…

  • Best Cafes in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

    I’ve spent a lot of time in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam; during my weeks exploring this part of the city, I’ve spent a lot of time and money drinking an unnecessary and possibly even dangerous amount of coffee. Ok, maybe not dangerous – but you get the point. Here is my roundup of some of the best cafes in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam. Loading T Loading T is my all-time favorite cafe in Hanoi. It’s located in an old, restored French…

  • Doing What I’m Supposed to Be Doing

    As most of you know, I’m back in the motorbike honking, coffee capital, and street food Mecca that is Vietnam. I’ve started out in Hoi An because I wanted some time by the beach and I needed to see my favorite tailor, Sewing Bee, for some tailor-made clothing for teaching. I’ll be heading to Hanoi within the next week or two and will be looking for a place to crash until my TEFL certification course starts, which includes accommodation for the 4 weeks. I don’t…

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    Best Tailor in Hoi An, Vietnam: Sewing Bee

    Who is the best and most reasonable tailor in Hoi An? Well, that’s easy.What do you think of these clothes? Pretty nice, right? All of these items were custom made to fit my body by Sewing Bee in Hoi An, Vietnam. I would either point at a picture or bring in my own and the images would be brought to life with my exact measurements. Thrilled is an understatement.. and I also bought way more stuff than just these 3 items! If you want an…

  • Sitting with Locals | Why Vietnam?

    Sitting on a stool in Hanoi after being greeted by the owner of my favorite place to eat; she remembers me and motions for me to sit in front of her. She’s counted how many times I’ve visited and tells her neighbor. She grabs a beer and a glass and places it in front of me because she knows it’s what I wanted and begins to prepare my food without words exchanged besides a smile. She shows me how to season my sauce, while her…