Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - A Slow Build to Actually ENJOYING Vietnam

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Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - A Slow Build to Actually ENJOYING Vietnam

After dealing with the scams of Hanoi and the tourist factories that are Sapa and Halong Bay in the north, we started to enjoy ourselves as we explored Southern Vietnam. Hoi An's Lantern Festival and beaches along with Ho Chi Minh's happy and helpful locals gave us the Vietnamese experience we had been hoping for. Read on to learn about where we had the best banh mi, what it was like to crawl through the famous Cu Chi Tunnels of the Vietcong, and how we fared negotiating in the markets!

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Hanoi, Vietnam - Getting Scammed is so Hanoi-ing

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Hanoi, Vietnam - Getting Scammed is so Hanoi-ing

Hanoi, Vietnam, is the most challenging and frustrating place that we experienced on our trip around the world. From the constant noise, the ever-crowded streets and sidewalks, the unwavering heat and humidity, and the persistent scams and disrespect from the local people, we had a tough time enjoying ourselves. The food, however, was downright delicious! Check out our time in Hanoi, our first stop in three weeks of travel around Vietnam. 

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Luang Prabang, Laos - Same Same but Different

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Luang Prabang, Laos - Same Same but Different

In Luang Prabang, we got brave and ate dinner from buffet tables in a dirty alley, watched the Morning Alms ceremony, visited a beautiful waterfall with our new adventurous friends from Britain, and learned that the US bombed Laos more than any other country during the Vietnam War. Read about our eye opening experience in the former French Colony.

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Berlin & Stockholm - Whirlwind Visits

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Berlin & Stockholm - Whirlwind Visits

The Schaals joined us for a quick visit to Berlin where we searched for the best biergartens in the city, and ate all the currywurst we could find! And, before closing the book on our European adventure and heading to Asia, we spent a fun (and expensive) 24 hours in Stockholm where we had one of our favorite European meals! 

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Krakow, Poland - "The Royal Heart of Poland"

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Krakow, Poland - "The Royal Heart of Poland"

Jake's parents, Joan and Al, joined us on our European Adventure to explore Krakow! And double bonus, we even got to meet up with cousin Adam on his summer abroad program! Read on to learn about our exploration of the "Royal Heart" of Poland, the Salt Mines, and Auschwitz. 

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Colmar, France - A Fairtytale Town

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Colmar, France - A Fairtytale Town

Read today's post to learn all about the delicious and dry wines of the Alsace region, as well as our time in the adorable town of Colmar. As we biked through this super cute place I couldn't help but think, "Is this real life?"

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Budapest, Hungary - Week 3: Time to Recover

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Budapest, Hungary - Week 3: Time to Recover

During our last week in Budapest, we needed time to rest! While we had a great time with our visiting friends Courtney and Shawn (who we stayed with in Amsterdam) on a pub crawl, Noelle had a tough time recovering from a roofie that somehow made its way into her drink. Our last few days in this great city were spent resting.

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