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The Strip: A Cool Nightlife Spot in My Hanoi ‘Hood

I wrote this story for The Word a month ago. The photos are fab. It’s all about the buzzing new strip on Quang An Road in West Lake, just up the road from where I live. Very cool to see … Continue reading

Markets in Hanoi

A recent story I wrote for the expatsandaliens website. Just browsing right now!

Motorbike Repair Skills Help Disadvantaged Hanoians

Andrew, at VIP Bikes, is a real inspiration. It was such a pleasure meeting him and learning about this social enterprise for my article on the Innovate Development website. His shop was neat as a pin! Not like most greasy … Continue reading

10 Odd Little Things About Hanoi

Two months already! Here are a few odd little things that come up in everyday life in Hanoi… 1) Shsssssh. No talking on the public bus. Didn’t realize this at first and was properly chastised by the ticket collector. 2) … Continue reading

Climbing to the Clouds: Hanoi to Ha Giang

On Labour Day weekend (same in Vietnam as in Canada), myself and four friends hired a car and headed north: destination Ha Giang Province. Ha Giang contains Vietnam’s northernmost point along the Chinese border. Two of the gals I was … Continue reading

Happy International Literacy Day!

Here’s a piece I wrote for Innovate Development on what is happening with Uniterra in Vietnam. Enjoy.

Climbing to the Clouds: Hanoi to Ha Giang

On Labour Day weekend (same in Vietnam as in Canada), myself and four friends hired a car and headed north: destination Ha Giang Province. Ha Giang contains Vietnam’s northernmost point along the Chinese border. Two of the gals I was … Continue reading

Overcoming my Hanoi Horrors

Link to my story on expatsandaliens about Hanoiying traffic!

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