Mai Nguyen

January 24, 2015

Scooters on scooters on scooters

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It was funny how I never realized how much honking there is in Hanoi. The traffic has always been crazy with tons of scooters dashing back and forth in different directions. However, only until my friends pointed it out to me did I realize how Hanoians, or Vietnamese in general, just like to honk for […]

January 21, 2015

You get what you pay for (for way less)

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It amuses me how shocked (and happy) Ashley and Eric were at what they considered insanely cheap prices in Vietnam. The foods, the goods (except for branded ones, which came as a huge disappointment to both), the service fees, were all so cheap compared to those in the US. To me, this reflects the strength […]

January 17, 2015

The journey of a thousand miles

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  Our adventure continued in Hanoi, Vietnam right after Christmas. Although I am from Hanoi, I haven’t actually lived here in a long time. Taking Ashley and Eric (who came along on his own budget) around to see the different places helped me learn so much more about my own country and made me revisit […]

January 17, 2015

Just a small town girl…

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Although I have been to a fair amount of cities and towns in this country, my stay at Ashley’s house gave me a first-time experience living life in rural northeastern Pennsylvania. Many shops and restaurants were old-fashioned yet cute and heart-warming with a rustic charm. Some especially reminded me of what I have seen in […]

January 17, 2015

Women vs. Wild

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The most exciting part about my visit to Ashley’s house was probably all the outdoors activities that we did together. Having grown up and lived in the city my entire life, I get really excited every time I can get close to nature and the Poconos gave me the perfect opportunity to immerse myself in […]

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December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays!

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We probably couldn’t have picked a better time to visit Ashley’s house for our BOMA project. First, it is convenient for both of us as it takes place over winter break and right before we leave for Vietnam. However, more importantly, it is a time when Ashley’s family members can all be home for the […]