Goodbye Vietnam, Hello America

I am officially back home in America now. And it is quite a strange feeling. I still catch myself calling Vietnam ‘home’ because that is what it has been for the past 8 months. Now, it is like I am transitioning to a new home. But in reality, America has always been my home since I was born. Being able to call different places your home is what makes living abroad so rewarding. You combine multiple cultures and make them your own. (more…)

From the Mekong to the Bassac

From the Mekong to the Bassac

From Iris Nguyen, teacher at An Giang University

For the past two months, I had been teaching at a hotel in Chau Doc called Victoria Hotel. It was actually Jillian’s old class and I took over for her when I left Vietnam. She only had great things to say about the hotel and her class, so I was very excited when I got the opportunity to teach at the hotel. When I first arrived at the hotel, I was completely overwhelmed because of the generosity of the staff and how luxurious the hotel was. I recently graduated college so I am not one to spend money on hotels. I am a ‘find-a-futon-at-a-friend’s-house’ kind of girl. (more…)

Homage to Friends

Homage to Friends

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?” — A.A. Milne

Before I came to Vietnam, I was a little worried about meeting new people. Even though I consider myself outgoing, the initial thought of meetings still make me a little nervous. Luckily, I was blessed to have met the great group of friends that I had here. Without fail, I could always count on a great time whenever we were all together. When I leave Vietnam, our local hangout spot will never be the same and it will always bring back memories. (more…)