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Hanoi & Halong Bay, Vietnam

Have you been to Vietnam?  Ever traveled to Hanoi or Halong Bay?  Do you live in one of these areas?  If so, I would love your insider tips!  Jonathan and I are leaving big city life behind for a bit and dusting off our suitcases for another trip to Asia.

We love good food, unusual experiences, and more off-the-beaten-path kind of ideas.  If you have an idea, I would love to hear it!  Please give us your tips/secrets/advice below in the reply/comment section.  If you are viewing the link from my homepage, then you must find the ‘leave a comment’ tab to make the comment box open.   If we happen to go with one of your suggestions, I will be certain to connect with you after our trip to share our experience.

Here are the details that may help you narrow down your suggestions:

  • We are there for one week
  • We already have a hotel in Hanoi booked (in the Old Quarter)
  • We plan to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay for an overnight boating experience

All my best,



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I often catch myself overwhelmed by a sense of urgency – to live my life to the fullest and make every waking moment count. In reality, it is simply exhausting and I have to remind myself to slow down and live in the moment. It is a balance that I have not perfected but has become a journey or a path that I’m leading for myself. I want to live and experience. I want to fill my mind with knowledge, understanding, and culture – with memories of great places and unforgettable people. I want to build relationships with the people I love, making family out of friends and friends out of strangers. I want to fill my belly with food that evokes passion and enjoyment. Conjuring and fulfilling these desires fill my life with joy and happiness.

I can spend hours discussing the endless types of stinky cheeses that make me screech in utter joy or even how tater tots smothered in cheese at my favorite NYC dive bar can make me forget about the ugly day I endured…even if it’s just for a moment, it is always worth it. So here I am – sharing my guilty pleasures with the world. From the time I start digesting my first bite of a meal I’m usually thinking of what may come next or the initial planning a trip I’m thinking of where shall I go next, but always remembering to stop and enjoy the moment.

I’ve been told repeatedly to blog about my experiences of eating and traveling, to share my passion with others so that they too can follow my journey. I’m not sure of the importance of my blog but I do know that having a script to look back upon will help me remember every little bite that just put me over the edge and help me relive every trip that I return from that has me relaxed yet reenergized and well-fed!

So here’s to my first blog entry – salud y buen viaje!

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