From Oregon, USA to Saigon, Vietnam and back...these are the stories of our adventures abroad and discovering our home.

 

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June 27, 2019

It’s that season. The cycle in the expat life where people you’ve grown to know and love deeply, depart for their next adventure. Sometimes that journey takes them home even if just for a summer – oftentimes, it sends these friends to amazing new places to call “home.”...

September 27, 2017

It seems like yesterday that our little family of three survived our first of what would become many international flights together. I remember distinctly our arrival into Saigon in the middle of that night. Feelings of fear and sadness coupled with exhaustion, eager a...

May 31, 2017

Southern Vietnam has just two seasons - rainy and dry. It's hot year-round, a perpetual summer with only slight fluctuations in the temperature that sits steadily in the mid-twenties to mid-thirties {that's 80/90's for you Fahrenheit people.} The humidity definitely ad...

January 20, 2017

Lunar New Year preparations in Vietnam are kicking into high gear in anticipation of the Tết holiday beginning late next week. Customarily, the Vietnamese spend this time preparing special food, cleaning the house, and giving lucky money in red envelopes to children. C...

December 10, 2016

Một hai ba vô is the standard "cheers" and shouted frequently throughout a night of drinking in Vietnam. This pretty much sums up my first Vietnamese wedding reception experience! The locals sure know how to party, and Heineken is frequently the celebratory beer of cho...

September 25, 2016

Two years ago today, we said goodbye to Portland and set off on a new adventure in HCMC, Vietnam. Here's a quick look back on our expat life:

  • Countries visited: Vietnam, Jamaica (without Elijah), Philippines, and Thailand...Matt also made his way to China a couple o...

September 24, 2016

Saigon streets decoded: KH CAT B TONG (abbreviated) khoan cắt bê tông = drilling and cutting ads with phone numbers to contact for the people/companies who do the jobs! Now you know.

September 14, 2016

Surprisingly this is one of the more well maintained and organized utility poles in Saigon. Developing world problems! With construction sites changing our skyline 24x7, it's not uncommon to see utilities workers stringing through new telephone wires or cutting out old...

July 15, 2016

$1.34 haircuts are the best! One of the perks of visiting a small local shop in Vietnam is that my two dudes get super cheap haircuts. Even with a tip, they are both out the door for under five bucks! We go to a wonderful lady who owns a salon walking distance from our...

July 14, 2016

Saigon has two seasons: rainy and dry. I'd say hot and humid, but it's pretty much that way all year long! From May to October, afternoon thunderstorms are the norm with a deluge of rain coupled with thunder and lightning. We see some pretty spectacular storms from our...

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Welcome to my adventure! From the crazy Saigon streets to our everyday life overseas with a kid in tow, these are our stories of living abroad...