Thanksgiving Dinner, VN Style

Turkey is a specialty food in Viet Nam.  They call it ga Tay ~ Western chicken.  Or, more specifically, ga Tay My ~ American Western chicken…..and it’s not cheap!  But, honestly, most all other foods here are cheap, so spending a little more for a taste of home cooking on this special day was worth it……if only we could figure out where to buy it…..and … Continue reading Thanksgiving Dinner, VN Style

As Mike says…….

….”Give me convenience or give me death”……spoken like a true American. Okay, so having a sprained ankle is a pain in the, well, yeah ,…foot.  Doing any shopping for food or going out to eat can be a real hassle.  Plus….and this may sound weird, but……sometimes you just get tired of being stared at wherever you go (which is compounded when you’re hobbling around with … Continue reading As Mike says…….

Learned a new word and I’ve just gotta obnoxiously use it….

Well, I finally went to the hospital for my ankle yesterday….a week after I sprained the darn thing. I’ve been trying to ‘tough it out’, but it’s been really sore the last few days and I’ve been worried that maybe a bone was broken or fractured. My very, very sweet and kind landlady graciously offered to take me……and spend her entire afternoon with me……. just … Continue reading Learned a new word and I’ve just gotta obnoxiously use it….


I’m back in Hanoi, staying at Mike’s place for the time being.  I’ve been here since the afternoon of the 1st.  Long story, really, but I was so exhausted and overwhelmed by last minute craziness at my school and moving my stuff from Thai Binh, I just wanted to chill on Saturday night and that’s what we did.  Mike has some business to take care … Continue reading Down-time

If I only had a……

I’ve had to go to the American Embassy and the Vietnam Consulate (twice to that one) today and yesterday.  The reason being, since I don’t have a Bachelor’s degree, I needed to have a document authenticated and stamped by both government agencies in order to let potential employers know I have a brain….I think that’s why I’ve been doing this, anyway.  As I’ve said…a number … Continue reading If I only had a……