Author: MMC

Vietnamese Office Life

Vietnamese Office Life

On the opposite side of the coin of night life is office life. I am always interested to see what more of the mundane aspects of life are in various places, and office life in Vietnam is no exception. It takes around 45 minutes for our morning commute …

 

Adventures with Daisy

Adventures with Daisy

Guest post by Matthias Monday morning I’m in the Lotte Hotel in the middle of Ha Noi; I know I want a suit but I don’t know from where, so I Google it.  I see plenty of results for suit shops, but after some digging I’m warned by various forum……

 

A Stripper and His Rhinestone Face Mask

A Stripper and His Rhinestone Face Mask

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are for working. I am, after all, here for work, and Matthias has been gratefully able to come along. I didn’t mention it, but upon our arrival and meeting up at the airport, our business partners in Vietn…

 

The Cardi B of Coffees

The Cardi B of Coffees

We again—for reasons I cannot quite ascertain—agree to arise early on Sunday in order to meet up with the rest of the group to go grab coffee at Café Giảng, a world famous egg coffee shop, and proceed from there to walk around Hanoi. We agree to meet i…

 

Elusive Street Food and Knock-Off New Balances

Elusive Street Food and Knock-Off New Balances

Saturday night we all meet to go explore the night market. This turns out rather amusing for me overall, caught between the two worlds of keeping up with Matthias and keeping tabs on my coworkers, and the struggle not to abandon them all just to take p…

 

Within the Water

Within the Water

We are never far from water in Vietnam, which comforts me. On the highway, small pagodas dot the distance across low-lying fields, furrowed with water and soil and tufts of what I wonder whether is rice. The view from breakfast on the 63rd floor of our…

 

Welcome Back, Exit through the Gift Shop

Welcome Back, Exit through the Gift Shop

Back-dating this to Sunday, June 2nd, 2019, even though it’s June 6th 2020 by the time I’m posting it Going back the way we came ends up being unsurprisingly uncomplicated. We have a short flight to Copenhagen and an eight-hour flight back to Boston. W…

 

Bell bottoms, beer, and Barbara

Bell bottoms, beer, and Barbara

Back-dating this to Sunday, June 2nd, 2019, even though it’s June 6th 2020 by the time I’m posting it Our last day in Brussels, we check one of our various to-do lists to see what remains. ‘Go to that brewery that Ryan recommended’ and ‘Buy gifts’ are …

 

‘Dance like nobody’s watching’

‘Dance like nobody’s watching’

Back-dating this to Saturday, June 1st, 2019, even though it’s June 6th 2020 by the time I’m posting it We aren’t sure what we’re doing today, other than leaving the house later than Matthias would like on account of my dilly-dallying. After a good day…

 

A Day with Grand-père Albert

A Day with Grand-père Albert

Back-dating this to Friday, May 31st, 2019, even though it’s June 6th 2020 by the time I’m posting it Thursday we wake up groggily to our alarms going off earlier than we prefer. My phone, essentially unused as I haven’t bothered to get a Belgian SIM s…

 
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