Elektra

Elektra

Pictured: Petrified owner of a motorbike. Note the fear in her eyes. I've written about how I traveled to Sapa in part to get myself out of a bit of a sad funk. In truth I also traveled to Sapa to buy myself the time to gain the courage for the next part of my [...]

Sapa

Sapa

Now a solo backpacker again, I spend a few days in Hanoi gathering my thoughts and, quite honestly, feeling a little sad and sorry for myself. I don't socialize much, preferring to explore on my own. I debate whether I will go to Sapa or not. A few days into it, one of my friends [...]

Hanoi: First Impressions

Hanoi: First Impressions

Pictured: Nervous smile before indulging in cow tail soup.  Getting into Hanoi is like stepping through a portal into a drastically different world. As our Grab taxi emerges from the airport parking lot, we find ourselves barreling down a freeway, passing ramps and overpasses. There are more lanes than I can discern, and cars, trucks [...]

A Day in Vientiane

A Day in Vientiane

On the 27th of December Louis and I leave Vang Vieng for Vientiane. He's flying into Vietnam from there, and me? Well I’m a sucker for temples and Vientiane is simply a place I want to see. Don’t need much more reason than that, right? Having gotten used to our slow mornings and late wake [...]