27Apr

Planning a Girlfriend Trip to Asia: Motherhood and Wanderlust

  I currently have a 3-part series over at a wonderful site called Go Girlfriend. The first part debuted last week and it was about the planning and thinking process that went into my trip before I left. Why did I want to travel without my family and how was my decision perceived.  It's all in this piece. Here's a snapshot: Every time we told people we were heading on a solo adventure, they immediately assumed we were traveling on business or were having a mid-life crisis. How could I not be traveling with my husband, they asked? Why is Read More

18Feb

Exploring Vietnamese Street Food in Hanoi

Tucked away in the heart of Hanoi lies the Hanoi Cooking Centre.  Located in 44 Chau Long Street, nestled on the edge of Hanoi's old quarter and close to Truc Bach and West Lake, Hanoi Cooking Centre is a cooking school, and cafe. The centre offers hands-on cooking classes and short courses in a relaxed atmosphere, designed by chef Tracey Lister, co-author of KOTO - A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam and Vietnamese Street Food. We were lucky to discover the school before we departed for Vietnam and had a tour set up before we left. While we were Read More

09Feb

On Being an “Independent Woman” & Traveling Through Asia

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We were midway into our trip to Vietnam.  We had ventured to Halong Bay, a fairyland of limestone peaks.  It was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to  and I felt like I was dreaming.  As we headed into a smaller boat from our cruise liner for a day of kayaking in the caves, a Vietnamese worker on the boat looked at us - a group of five American women with no men in tow - and called us "Independent Women".  A big smile swept over my face, and it remained with me throughout my travels. Every which way you look in Halong Bay, you see pure, Read More

08Feb

Bella’s Vietnam Adventure: The Cultural Experience Continues

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"C'mon, Bella, it's all part of the adventure."  This is a line from the book Bella's Vietnam Adventure by  fellow blogger, Stacey Zolt Hara, about a little girl's travels through the country for the first time.  And my favorite chapter in the series to date. We loved Bella’s Chinese New Year, based on the real life adventures of her daughter, Bella, and my daughter was very excited when her new book arrived at her door.  Bella is a very lucky little girl, with a travel enriched life passed down to her by her travel-loving mama, and we have loved Read More