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A Great Trip to Ninh Binh

A few weeks ago I took a trip with some friends out into the country to Ninh Binh (pronounced Ning Bing), around 93 km south of Hanoi. We rented bikes and found ourselves meandering along tiny dirt paths, past squawking … Continue reading

SWOT/Recruitment Workshop

Last week my colleague Ashley Laracy and I gave a Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats (SWOT) workshop at Bac Thang Long college in Hanoi. We compared some of the findings another volunteer did in 2013 with the findings of my recent stakeholder interviews. For … Continue reading

Newsletter Profile: UN Women in the Pacific

Prior to leaving for Vietnam, I did some e-volunteering for UN Women in the Pacific Islands. Here is a profile of me they recently featured in their newsletter…

Cabbages and Condoms

Here’s a new piece I wrote for the Innovate Development website on the Cabbages and Condoms restaurant in Bangkok. Go there if you get a chance and support a great NGO while having a delicious meal!

My post on Hoa Sua Resturant for Innovate Development

A wonderful spot just around the corner from where I live. I wrote about it for the Innovate Develoment website. Check it out!

Hanoi: What I Love

I’ve been here a month now and have had a chance to experience some of the culture, meet new friends and try the delicious food. THINGS I LOVE 1) Fresh flowers! 2) Pop-up markets with fresh produce. There’s one at … Continue reading

Truc Bach, My New ‘Hood

I am slowly getting acclimatized to Hanoi (pop.6.5 million) and its unstoppable traffic. I’ve learned to keep walking slowly, listen to the honks and keep to the side of the road. Pedestrians are the lowest ones on the totem pole, … Continue reading

Hanoi: 10 Observations So Far

Having survived my first week in Vietnam, and finally able to walk outside without being overwhelmed, here are a few initial observations… 1) GOOD MORNING VIETNAM…my 5 am wake-up call comes from a neighbour’s rooster. No need to hit the … Continue reading

WUSC, Uniterra and My Mandate in Vietnam

The walk from the cool Hanoi airport into a waiting cab was the first warning. It was 37C with 85% humidity. Hanoi in July is not for the faint of heart. I’ve been here five days now and am slowly … Continue reading

My podcast about Swaziland and Ethiopia

Following is a link to a podcast I did with Michael McCarthy, a writer and radio personality who lives in Vancouver. I met Michael on a trip to Louisiana and was really impressed with his travels and his efforts to … Continue reading