Anticipating the Lunar New Year in Hanoi, Vietnam February 3rd 2011 The entire city is gearing up for Tet holiday, the lunar new year is on February 3rd and its the biggest national holiday of the year, and one of the biggest events in Asia. Everyone is busy cleaning, cooking, putting up every flag under the sun, praying at temples and picking up the customary Kumquat tree, sort of like a Christmas tree, which can be found passing by on a scooter every 3 seconds, ... read more
Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Independence was declared after World War II, but the French continued to rule until 1954 when they were defeated by Communist forc... ... read more
The last few months of travel have been beautiful, frustrating, exhilarating, funny and generally the time of my life. A man once said that time slows down while you travel. That has been true of my time on the road. It feels like years ago I was packing and saying goodbye to my friends in Ottawa, Canada.
After seeing such a small part of the Earth and her cultures and religions I've come to a few general realizations. First and foremost is that despite our differences, the human race is largely the same. People are shockingly similar around the world and share the same hopes and dreams. It... full info