Samba for the Soul in Brazil

Samba for the Soul in Brazil

Brazilians possess an innate rhythm and an unbelievable ability to move their bodies to the rapid beats of samba – something that is far beyond comprehension for an average North American such as myself, though I’ve concluded that the only reasonable explanation is that they must have a couple of extra joints in their bodies. […]

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My Introduction to South America

My Introduction to South America

Leading up to my Brazilian adventure, I wondered how South America was going to compare to the rest of my travel experiences. Up until Brazil, my travels had taken me through Australasia, Europe, North America and the Caribbean, rendering me a complete stranger to South America.

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How Saigon Brought Me to Tears

How Saigon Brought Me to Tears

As I’ve said many times before, Ho Chi Minh City just didn’t do it for me. It was too Westernized and tourist-centric, leaving me totally disconnected, which was a vast difference from my time spent in Northern Vietnam. I will however, credit Saigon for gifting me with one powerful and touching memory.

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A Visionary Rebuilding Education in Cambodia

A Visionary Rebuilding Education in Cambodia

Sambath was my tuk tuk driver. I met him as I was struggling to get off the rickety boat upon my arrival in Battambang, Cambodia. He started as my tour guide and eventually became my friend, as I became more and more intrigued about his life and home country. I later learned that he is […]

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Why Bangkok Left Me Puzzled…

Why Bangkok Left Me Puzzled…

I’m always scrambling for words when people ask me to describe Bangkok. The capital cities of its neighbouring countries seem to pale in comparison to Bangkok’s vast and thriving metropolis. The sight of flashing lights, tuk tuks jostling with SUVS, and roadside kiosks at the foot of sky scrapers that rub shoulders with ancient temples […]

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From the Hanoi to Saigon…Are you sure I don’t need a passport to enter?

From the Hanoi to Saigon…Are you sure I don’t need a passport to enter?

I was expecting subtle differences going from Hanoi to Saigon, but instead I felt like I had entered a different country. I was already anticipating a different experience than my time in Hanoi simply because I would no longer be a volunteer living with the locals, but rather a backpacker staying in the tourist district. […]

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Cultural Differences in Vietnam

Cultural Differences in Vietnam

During my pre-departure preparation for Vietnam, I ensured that I was well-versed in the country’s culture and customs.

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Respect

I know I already touched on the bus topic, but because I learn something new on the bus everyday, I feel like I need to revisit. The bus is where I get a chance to zone in for an hour and get some good old, uninterrupted, people-watching time. Everyday, I leap onto a moving bus […]

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Vietnamese Culture 101

We were fortunate enough to have our host organization give us a crash course on life in Vietnam…Of course, we had this orientation 3 days after we arrived, so we were forced to unknowingly dive right in. The accommodations at the Volunteer House were very basic, which made me appreciate the luxuries that we are […]

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No Right of Way in Vietnam

I read my fair share of travel guides prior to my departure for Vietnam, so I was therefore well versed in the infamous rules of the road as a pedestrian in Hanoi. Looking back, I didn’t truly understand what it meant to cross a road in Hanoi until I found myself standing at the side […]

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