I lived in the US from when I was 17 to 23 years old, from high school through college. That’s a big chunk of life for a not-yet-thirty-year-old. The US was home to many of my first’s: first job, first kiss, first car, first bill under my name, first saving account, etc. For a long

Can a non-EU travel within the Schengen Area with only the EU residence card? The short answer is no. Wait, what? I thought there’s free movement within the Schengen Area? Well, not really, it depends.  Here’s the long story about how I found that out the hard way.  My flight from Madrid to Toulouse (France) was at

Not all passports are created equally, some possess more border-crossing power than others. This seems obvious but sometimes when you’re so used to not having to worry about visa application, you might forget how difficult it is for some of us. In that sense, the Vietnamese nationality doesn’t have good standing. More than 40 countries

Do Vietnamese eat dogs?

Thursday, 26 October 2017 by

We all have misconceptions about a culture we’re not familiar with. Like any country, Vietnam has a number of stereotypes and surely many of which are inaccurate. As a born & raised Saigonese, I find myself explaining the same misunderstandings multiple times about my imperfect lovable tiny densely-populated country Vietnam. Of course I cannot speak for more

[English – Tiếng Việt]  Rejections are never easy whether from love, school, job applications, or entrance at border. This is the story about how  I got rejected by the Bulgarian customs at the airport.  Madrid airport:  7:30pm  While waiting in line at customs, I realized my Spanish foreigner’s ID card (tarjeta de identidad extranjera) was

[English – Tiếng Việt] I’ve been in Madrid for three months now and already moved way more than I would have ever expected. Here are some housing situations you’d rather avoid but I somehow went through them all. #1 The couch potato roommate. I shared a two-bedroom apartment in Usera found via Spotahome with the live-in

Vietnam: First Time FAQ

Saturday, 24 December 2016 by
[English – Tiếng Việt] I’ve lost count of messages like “Hey Anh, I’m going to Vietnam, what’s there to do?” so I figure I’ll answer your frequently asked questions here. How much time should I spend? At least one week. Three weeks are ideal, you’ll be able to cover the best of Vietnam.  When should

You probably meet her at an international conference, exchange contacts with her at a social language event or stumble upon her alone in a new city. She’s friendly, well-spoken and open-minded. She may sound foreign with a hint of an unidentified accent and misuse certain words from time to time. Before you judge her mispronunciation, be aware that she speaks more than one language. She’s multilingual

How did South America happen?

Friday, 14 October 2016 by
[English – Tiếng Việt] South America is the story I tell repeatedly as it was not only the longest single trip I have done thus far (5 countries in 6 months) but also with loads of unforgettable moments and life-changing experiences. I learned a new language, explored the places I never knew they existed on earth,

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Why Vietnam?

Friday, 02 September 2016 by
[Tiếng Việt bên dưới] Helping to connect EU businesses to Vietnam for a living, I frequently get asked, “Why Vietnam?”, “What makes your country different?” or “Why not other Southeast Asian countries?”. If you ask an average person, you might hear repeatedly the same old complaints about Vietnam: traffic, pollution, bureaucracy, corruption, etc. and I wouldn’t

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