“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. We were a riot when we got together because we all had such different personalities. There was never a dull moment and I think that is rare with a group of friends. I have to say, this was such an incredible experience meeting this gang. I will leave the country next month with many friends from all across the world bound to one thing: Vietnam.


Annie  – My partner-in-crime and fellow TFV volunteer. Thank you board members for placing us together because your instincts were right on.


DSC09994Claire – We bonded over three things: sports, politics, and music. I owe her about half of my iTunes library because she graciously gave me so much music.



Daniel – My older Swedish brother that will forever cook the best vegetarian food in my eyes. His mushroom risotto will haunt me.

Jillian – My first semester transition was easy because of her. She literally helped me through everything and welcomed me with open arms. This semester was a little lonely because no one was there to stay up late and watch YouTube videos with me.

Christian- One of the most inspiring people that I know. I will always remember his permanent smile that is always on his face.

Anna- It was great meeting someone else that was such a girly girl like me. Dalat will always have a special place in my heart.

Michael- Karaoke won’t be the same without him singing along to multiple Michael Jackson songs.

Jean- I had never met someone who eats as much as him before. One night the entire Guest House watched him devour 4 plates of pasta. He was still hungry after.

Jennie- We were the only ones that wanted to walk anywhere but I always enjoyed our walks to get dinner along the river.