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Vietnam: No Love Affair Here

There is no denying that Vietnam has had a tumultuous history.  Ruled by the Chinese, colonized by the French, brutally invaded by the Americans and  their allies as they aided the Southern Vietnamese in a senseless and devastating war, and now overcome with hordes of hedonistic backpackers, many of whom are here simply to get wasted, laid and tanned.  Cheaply. With that being said, the Vietnamese are an... read more

Kunming, China to Vietnam: Visas and Transportation

Getting a Vietnamese Visa in Kunming: After a 12+ hour ride from Bijie, I arrived at the Kunming bus station around 1:00 am sans Silvia who was spending one extra night in Bijie.  It was super sketchy and as soon as I stepped off of the bus I was surrounded by people yelling at me in Chinese, asking for money, trying to get me to take their taxi, etc.  I hated it and definitely overpaid the taxi driver... read more

The Liebster Award

This post was written by Silvia Lawrence, who can be found blogging at Heart My Backpack.   It has been an exciting week for these two coconuts. We had our first guest post on Caravanistan, which was always our first stop when looking up information on Central Asia. We were so honored that they contacted us! We also just had an interview featured on Those Who Wander’s glipho site, which is... read more

I’m Going Going, Back Back, to Dali Dali

Well not quite, but we want to see how many times we can use the same Tupac reference on our blog.  We actually briefly stopped in Bijie to visit Silvia’s college friend who is doing Peace Corps.  It was a great way for us to relax for a few days; Silvia had plenty of time to catch up on her fellow Ephs as she and Jason reminisced about their days at Williams College and I took of advantage of... read more

Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park

Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park is rumored to be one of the most beautiful places in China, and for a country of roughly 9,59,8094 square kilometers (or 5,963,979 square miles) that’s really saying something.  After spending a day there in late October — peak season for foliage — we would have to agree. Tips: Jiuzhaigou is EXPENSIVE.  And not just by our standards.  A regular ticket will... read more

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