30 09, 2016
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I Killed a Chicken with My Own Two Hands, Pt. 2

The girl led me to a hacked up wooden block lying in the dirt, handed me a dull machete, looked me in the eyes, and made a karate chop gesture towards her throat. I didn’t really need more instruction than that, but I was deeply afraid that I’d butcher the butchering process and only chop half the chicken’s head off on the first go, forcing both the chicken and my conscience to suffer [...]

1 08, 2016
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I Killed a Chicken with My Own Two Hands, Pt. 1

When I was in kindergarten my class put on a weird musical production of the Yellow Submarine in which we all dressed up as sea creatures and permanently destroyed any positive associations our parents may have had with the Beatles. After the show, the rest of the day was dedicated to vaguely ocean-themed activities, one of which (for reasons still unknown to me) involved dissecting a boiled mussel with a [...]

20 07, 2016
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The Vietnam Catfish (Pt. 3)

Date Three My third Tinder match claimed to be a 23-year-old environmental studies student and invited me to a bar called the Hanoi Social Club. Upon meeting her there, however, I discovered that she was actually a 32 year old catfish, and not a catfish in the sense that she had lied about her age and was trying to kidnap me, but in the sense that she was a literal [...]

14 07, 2016
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The Vietnam Catfish (Pt. 2)

Date Two For my second date, she-who-must-not-be-named (we’ll call her Hue) recommended a bar in the old quarter called Polite Pub. The bar was a 1920s speakeasy-type place with black and white photos from prohibition-era America. There was a live band and a pretty funky cocktail menu, so right off the bat I was glad to be there considering most of the other bars I had seen were full of tourists and backpackers [...]

8 07, 2016
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The Vietnam Catfish (Pt. 1)

I’m a big proponent of solo traveling. It’s relatively easy to meet fellow travelers at hostels or backpacker-bars or wherever else they tend to lurk, but even the most social travelers (myself not amongst them) sometimes find themselves in a lull where they’ll end up spending more time than anticipated walking around and eating meals alone. Normally I don’t mind this, but a few days ago I found myself wanting someone to hangout [...]

10 09, 2015
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Left My Heart in Vietnam

A few weeks ago I came back from the BEST trip ever: I spent 18 days travelling around Vietnam. I could write pages and pages about this trip, but I will attempt to condense it as best I can! So firstly, the slightly boring (but necessary) information about flights. Although I could have flown with BA, this was not a direct flight, so instead I chose to fly with Vietnam Airlines which was direct from Heathrow [...]

30 08, 2015
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An Excursion to Halong Bay

We start the cruise by shotgunning a beer on the top deck of the boat. Welcome to Castaway. I wasn't scheduled to go to Halong Bay. But hang around Hanoi long enough and you're bound to be asked almost daily if you've either gone or are going on a cruise out to the island chain. Fun fact: there's rumored to be 1,969 islands, which has nothing to do with actually counting and everything [...]

23 08, 2015
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The Art of Cooking Spring Rolls

The other day, I had the absolute pleasure of spending the entire morning and early afternoon making, cooking, and then eating about fifty spring rolls. Before you accuse me of being the world's biggest fat-ass, I didn't eat all fifty spring rolls myself, I had like three. Now, believe it or not, when I'm not enjoying the wonders of university cafeteria food (read: free and convenient), I enjoy cooking. However, my atrophied knife [...]

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