Over-exposed

Nobody warned me about being over-exposed in Asia. Before I left home for the first time. Before buying my plane ticket. During those park hangs with my bohemian friend, on the forums, in the Lonely books. Sure, people told me I'd see some shit. Dirtiness, poverty, rats, bugs, squat-toilets, scams. But it's not the same.... Continue Reading →

Living with cockroaches

Sure, it's not an experience I especially enjoy. It's repulsive, to be honest. Every time I see one I get a little tingle of eew that reverbrates through my spine and down to the tip of my fingers. By now I know they're definitely not as shocking to find in my house as rats, and after watching... Continue Reading →

Bizarro world is in Vietnam

It's amazing how much opposites I have noticed when comparing Canada and Vietnam - and  I'm not talking about the weather. Opposites in life, in way of thinking, in how to deal with problems, in teaching, in every single aspect of life. I keep realising it when I talk about Canadian culture to my students. I... Continue Reading →

Studying in a convenience store

As I nonchalantly walk into the local Family Mart or Circle K to get a quick beer or snacks, I witness a scene that is normally reserved for coffee shops: Dozens of young Vietnamese are studying, chatting, hanging out. In a convenience store. Under neon lights, at bland, round and basic tables. Sometimes the tables... Continue Reading →

So why do you like Vietnam so much?

This is a question I get constantly. From friends while chatting, from backpackers while drinking, from students while teaching. There's a myriad of reasons of course, but this morning came to me as a good example... People are nice, and there always seems to be something funny happening (maybe because I'm easily amused). As I... Continue Reading →

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