Vietnam, China · 150 Days · 188 Moments · August 2017

Teaching in Vietnam


15 January 2018

you buy, very cheap

14 January 2018

Hilarious bike ride pretending to be pro mountain bikers, Lewis goes flying over the handlebars Demi falls into the side, met a lovely lady and a not so lovely lady, walked through a pigsty, broke my bike (lost the stand ๐Ÿค”) fell into a waterfall, absolutely knackered but an eventful afternoon
Topas Ecolodge ๐Ÿž wowwwww
sleeper bus to Sapa Lewis slept like a log Demi didnโ€™t ya

12 January 2018

last weeks of teaching saying goodbye to the brats of Hanoi ๐Ÿ’–
last weeks of teaching saying goodbye to the brats of Hanoi ๐Ÿ’–
Ethnology Museum

11 January 2018

my babies in their aprons
last weeks of teaching saying goodbye to the brats of Hanoi ๐Ÿ’–
โ€œLetโ€™s take selfies on teacher Demi phoneโ€

10 January 2018

last weeks of teaching saying goodbye to the brats of Hanoi ๐Ÿ’–

9 January 2018

last weeks of teaching saying goodbye to the brats of Hanoi ๐Ÿ’–
last weeks of teaching saying goodbye to the brats of Hanoi ๐Ÿ’–

7 January 2018

Trip to the war museum so touching! followed by a adrenaline kick from the train passing.

5 January 2018

Hanoi Night market

3 January 2018

2 January 2018

1 January 2018

Make a wish and set off lanterns down the river, a drink and game of Jenga in a local rooftop bar
Sunset in Hoi An, rice fields
Hoi An

31 December 2017

NYE
Golden Rice Villa, Hoi An. Welcome dinner on arrival for the New Year, tried local dish of Loi Cau

30 December 2017

Pizza 4ps pizza desert, 9pm on a Saturday and Sunday the dragon breathes water and fire ๐Ÿ˜ต
fun in Da Nang beach โšฝ๏ธ
Stroll down from the Lady Buddha, stumbling across a fishing harbour.
When Lewis had to wear a skirt and the views were incredible
Lady Buddha; Da Nang

29 December 2017

Cute family sharing their snacks with us on our journey from Hue to Da Nang, this girl was hilarious, shy and threw sunflower seeds all over Lewis ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜‚
Hue imperial city, horrible weather, best grab driver
Abandoned water park slides
Hue abandoned water park, saviour of a grab driver, what a guy!
๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ
Amazing views in the train ride from Da Nang to Hue
Crazy experience riding 2nd class from Da Nang to Hue felt like was in a movie

28 December 2017

White Sands II hotel in Da Nang, rubbish complained about the room disgusting amount of ants and dirty bed sheets ๐Ÿ˜ณ
testing the new camera in Da Nang ๐Ÿ“ท

27 December 2017

Khoi Cafe

26 December 2017

Note Coffee โ˜•๏ธ
Cards and pressies from home ๐Ÿ’–

25 December 2017

Christmas Dinner at the Moose and Roo, okay better than expected for a Vietnamese take on Christmas dinner

24 December 2017

Boat ride through the caves in Ninh Binh, visited the set of King Kong and was soooiooo close to missing our train, never been so worried in all my life, thank his for the saviour taxi driver and the delay of the train ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ
Largest Pagoda in SEA

23 December 2017

Cute cafe in Tam Loc, beautiful chips and milkshake
Take a photo of a lady Demi says as she nearly goes flying into the rice fields, lady laughs hysterically
Bike ride through Ninh Binh, 20km โ€”> Mua caves, Tam Loc, Bird Sanctuary

22 December 2017

Buffalo Ecostay, Ninh Binh
Hanois oldest temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda

20 December 2017

Lewis meets Nam Thanh Congs grade 3s

19 December 2017

Wander around Hanoi
When Lewis arrived โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’š

16 December 2017

Chua Bac Church Christmas markets, very small very little there but had some mulled wine ๐Ÿท
Christmassy kind of day, beer tasting.

9 December 2017

Crazy stupid night, never been so ill in my life, what a mess ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ #heroclub

3 December 2017

Marti being a photographer, Nola Cafe, Ma May.
Nola Cafe; Ma May.

2 December 2017

gals just being gals ๐Ÿ’–
Christmas time at Trill ๐ŸŽ„

30 November 2017

Hygiene explained in one image; rubbish bins right next to fresh pineapples ๐Ÿคจ

28 November 2017

Start of the Christmas Festivites ๐Ÿค” very strange but the kids are cute.

26 November 2017

FaceTime with my boys Riley was hilarious!! shouting at the dog to get on his bed haha. Missing home but Lewis arrives sooooo soon! Like 20 days he finally all sorted ish just his jabs to have done ๐Ÿ’

25 November 2017

Girly evening at the Lantern Lounge (pricey) Polite Pub and the Mad Botantist. Treats all round gin and tonics and prosecco ๐Ÿ™Š
Cup of Tea, keep seeing this place on my way to Wakodo kindergarten so took to girls for a drink ๐Ÿฅƒ after a little shop in Vintage Boutique and Germe. Bought a couple of jumpers, blouse, some Vans and some Converse (200 000vnd each) ๐Ÿ™Š

22 November 2017

Finally Trill reopens just as winter arrives! Disappointing as not serving food yet but such a nice place! Days are getting colder (19-22) jumpers have been bought.

20 November 2017

Fan club, this kid makes my day every Tuesday ๐Ÿ’™

19 November 2017

So nice to be apart of a traditional Vietnamese wedding, Trang made a beautiful bride. Rice wine shots at 11am, rice and veg for lunch, change of dress, welcoming of the groom, goodbye to the brides family, party at the grooms ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’

15 November 2017

20-11 HAPPY TEACHERS DAY! received many scarfs, shower cream, traditional Vietnamese fruits and lots of money (over 2 million) โค๏ธ

12 November 2017

Eventful Sunday! all we wanted was to go to Ba Be Lake! Too much to ask for obviously, crazy drivers, scary English talking men, left in the middle of nowhere, police to the rescue! ๐Ÿš“

11 November 2017

Owners of Primrose Homestay in Cao Bang couldnโ€™t have been more helpful! Got Rebecca a cake and some flowers for her birthday, sorted our room, helped us with bikes! Bought her and her husband some flowers and beers to say thank you! ๐Ÿ’
Absolutley stunning Ban Gioc waterfall! On the Chinese border.
Longest journey ever to Ban Gioc waterfall but so worth it, views along the way were amazing! A very numb bum after 3 hours but Shakira got me there safe just about after a little crash into someone at the beginning haha.

10 November 2017

First sleeper bus experience to Cao Bang! took the Michael but eventually arrived 6am, very little sleep. First thoughts of the sleeper bus not all good so chlostraphobic but fine in the end little wobble when bus tilts! Woman at Primrose homestay so nice have us a room to nap in.

8 November 2017

Used true colour tours in Tay Ho for Lewis visa invitation letter $17 and also transferred money back to my Santander account so easy and handy!

7 November 2017

First street food experience with Trang and her husband to be. Sweet potato, mozzarella sticks, bbq pork all very nice actually.

4 November 2017

Chilled night at the beach, ride and hike in the National Park, passenger of Ashley again ha Emma fell literally seconds after leaving the hostel and Rebecca did exactly what I did and ended up in a ditch ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ›ต๐Ÿ”ฅ
Kayaking through Lan Ha Bay, Marti and Ashley were shit ended up just sat having a beer ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ›ถ
Monkey Island, hardest trek (practically rock climbing) many people coming down with so many cuts and grazes ๐Ÿ’
boat ride through Lan Ha Bay from Cat Ba Island, fishing villages alone the way ๐Ÿšค

2 November 2017

found a little beauty of coffee shop near West Lake on a walk from Dong Thai. Cong Caphe

1 November 2017

outdoor gym, looking very unsafe ๐Ÿ˜‚

28 October 2017

cute night at Polite Pub (Hoan Kiem lake) with Trang! half price happy hour 80 000vnd for one cocktail ๐Ÿน
๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ seconds away from a lamppost landing on our heads! crash, man seriously hurt no urgency for anything no ambulance no nothing.

27 October 2017

Hanoi Taco bar ๐Ÿ˜‹

23 October 2017

Start of the Halloween activities making masks and cards and being observed by some leader of education ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

22 October 2017

Boat trip around Ha Long Bay and a visit to Doa Go Cave, very colourful its a shame the weather was a little overcast.

21 October 2017

when your boys are together and your so far away ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ’™
Free trip to Ha Long Bay. Visited a beach, was soooooo happy to see some sand. Stayed in 4๐ŸŒŸ hotel Ha Long Plaza.

20 October 2017

Chops ๐Ÿ˜ฎ in the old quarter, literally mouth watering so good! About the only meat Iโ€™ve had since been here 2 months. Pulled pork burger and French fries 170 000vnd
Happy Womenโ€™s Day; received 3 cards 500 000vnd and a scarf.

15 October 2017

cute our homestay lady made us friendship bracelets ๐Ÿ˜
rented motorbikes obviously was going to be a disaster for me, send the bike flying into someone else, broke their bike have to pay 300 000vnd. all ends well as we travel through the beautiful views chase waterfalls and chill before leaving Mai Chau

14 October 2017

Joining in some Vietnamese senior students end of semester party, dancing around fires, throwing beer everywhere, cooking food.
Bike ride, trek up over 1000 stairs to visit a beautiful cave.
Cutest homestay in Mai Chau, eco homestay, made our dinner (Marti found a spider in the salad) it wasnโ€™t too great but the woman was so nice! free bikes for the weekend too.
journey to Mai Chau, 490 000vnd return 3 hour journey went through the famous Mr Manh.

13 October 2017

ahhhh real alcohol tastes so nice, hate all this beer treat ourselves to Sangria tonight 150 000vnd per jug at Cowboy Jacks.
building works continue by our house, lots of women builders carrying sackloads! local car park outside our front door.
Outdoor barbers โœ‚๏ธ

12 October 2017

getting things sent from home is literally the best feeling! So touching and sentimental! love and miss my boys ๐Ÿ’™ cried and cried.

11 October 2017

unfixed timetables are winding me up, I just want a Wednesday morning off!! Tuesday evening is when they decide to tell us ๐Ÿ˜ 

10 October 2017

Getting used to the bike life as Iโ€™ve started evening classes at Wakodo Kindergarten, Tay Ho. 400000VND per hour Paid 10th every month.

9 October 2017

Mooncakes ๐Ÿ˜ณ tried these as my TA was insistent there really nice. didnโ€™t think were too bad sweet flavour weird texture. to then be told itโ€™s sugar and pork ๐Ÿคข

8 October 2017

Botanical Gardens 2000VND entry. small, cute, worth a little visit.

7 October 2017

Womenโ€™s Museum. Such an eye opener, deep thoughts occurred here. 30 000VND

6 October 2017

boys will be boys ๐Ÿ’™ Riley J did a wee wee for MiMi
just a mobile florist ๐Ÿ’

4 October 2017

unfixed covering someoneโ€™s lesson was actually quite fun this Friday. TA did nothing but take photos of me at Kim Chung B.

1 October 2017

missing my boys so much ๐Ÿ’™
well needed relaxing day. Army hotel 4 ๐Ÿ’ซ and cost 150 000VND for the day but was worth it.

29 September 2017

Aries rooftop bar, okay cocktails 80000VND food was not so good edible but wouldnโ€™t eat there again. Views amazing though watched a thunderstorm from afar.

24 September 2017

Visit to the perfume pagoda booked through Central Backpackers Hostel $25 food transport guide included. 100 000vnd for the cable car one way. Had my first squat experience ๐Ÿ˜ณ

23 September 2017

Cutest coffee shop near Hoan Kiem Lake, 39 000VND for iced tea not too bad. The messages to people around the world are so nice. ๐Ÿ’–

22 September 2017

Their bike skills amaze me, carry so much in so much traffic!

21 September 2017

This class are little shits at Dong Thai, one smashed my phone as it went flying over the balcony but they still manage to be so cute!

20 September 2017

Bingsu omg itโ€™s amazing ๐Ÿ˜‹ itโ€™s like shaved flavoured ice

19 September 2017

Hoan Kiem Lake at night ๐ŸŒŒ
some days may be shit but I just remind myself why Iโ€™m here and how the children are so wonderful! ๐Ÿ˜
Kool Off coffee shop near Nam Thanh Cong primary school Cau Giay. Peach and Passionfruit iced tea ๐Ÿ˜‹ 39 000VND

17 September 2017

Finally had a full day of sunshine and sunbathing. Thong Loi Hotel.

16 September 2017

I don't care. I love western food. Hanoi Social Club & wannawaffle (by Hoan Kiem Lake)
tiniest cell within the prison, part of the original prison, such an eye opener.
just trying out the prison garms
Visit to the Hoa Lo Prison. 30 000VND worth a visit parts are a little eiry and touching.

15 September 2017

love the fact the Vietnamese cut your pineapples fresh for you. 12 000VND less than 30p

14 September 2017

West Lake coffee bar killing more lunch break time at Mocoa. passion fruit smoothie and coconut ice cream ๐Ÿ˜‹

11 September 2017

drawings from my students. cute.
3 hour lunch breaks are a killer but found this little beauty whilst at Nam Thanh Cong to kill time. Peach and Rose iced tea 36 000vnd

10 September 2017

Chilled Sunday searching for the sun at Thang Loi hotel 80 000 VND entry (less than ยฃ3)

9 September 2017

Le Duan railway track, hope to visit as the train is passing next time.
Hoan Kiem Lake (sword Lake)
Trip to the ethnology museum; well worth 40,000vnd (just over ยฃ1) also visited a lovely cafe around the corner The Garden.

8 September 2017

Visit to the nightmarket, bought 2 pairs of shorts and a ring for ยฃ4. Another trip to Pizza 4ps it's just so delicious.
First week teaching hectic chaotic BME are so unorganised stressing me out but the kids are adorable came home with a headache everyday ๐Ÿ˜‚ Nam Thanh Cong Dong Thai Dinh Cong

7 September 2017

Lunch break by West Lake wasting 3 hours away people watching

6 September 2017

Mon Hue; rice and spring rolls ๐Ÿ˜‹

5 September 2017

going to visit and be a part of a traditional school opening ceremony.

4 September 2017

finally found some nice clothes, we stumbled across this shop along with many others after visiting Hanoi social club
Hanoi Social Club. yummy muesli

2 September 2017

Ashley's 25th Birthday on Cat Ba Island
Sunset on Cat Ba Island - Mountain View Hostel Pool.
Walk around Cat Ba Island
Cat Ba Island - Central Backpackers Hostel ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿž

31 August 2017

Beautiful Japenese food - deep fried sesame chicken and mushroom stir fry ๐Ÿ˜‹ Near the vinmart and Paris Baguette
Making my room a little homlier โ™ฅ๏ธ No. 66

30 August 2017

Pizza 4ps WOW!
Visited a Kindergarten to observe some lessons, very simple song words drill song drill game drill song.

29 August 2017

Random walk around the Old Quarter
First trial lesson in a primary school, went really well the class were very hyperactive there was no shutting them up ๐Ÿคฃ Grade 4 aged 8-9 topic was countries asking and answering questions about where people are from.

27 August 2017

Royal City Shopping Mall. Beautiful place worth a visit, we had al frescos for dinner; enchiladas were lovely.
Around our house.... local markets and local residence not any tourists.
Local coffee shop called Cafe Moc. Had a peppermint and a green iced tea.
Local laundrette hasn't been a problem to me so far however others have had washing lost etc.

25 August 2017

Saying goodbye to Tu! She's a fabulous woman who helps so much!
Cute secondary school students coming to interview us for a school project which is encouraging them to speak English! This was at the traditional village tour (bat trang)
Traditional Village Tour, the workshop.
The shop for all the ceramic and pottery made within the village.

24 August 2017

Having a taste of a work woman's life.
First visit to a primary school to observe a BME teacher. Children were so excited to see us we felt like celebrities ๐Ÿ˜‚.

22 August 2017

Pagoda we attempted to visit but was refused has had legs and shoulders on show. Tran Quoc Pagoda.
Night at Pan Pacific Rooftop Bar for a cocktail and to enjoy the views! Expensive for Vietnam but cheap in comparison to the UK ยฃ6 ish for a cocktail.

20 August 2017

Visit to the Ho Chi Minh museum and his residence. As well as the one pillar pagoda. Very hot day lovely to see this place.
Beer Street. Fun and lively, we headed here after a meal at a restaurant I can't remember the name of but had some lovely clams! Prague Bar Local Bar

19 August 2017

Stayed a week at CWD (centre for women's development) very close to West Lake which is a lovely area. Hotel was average, food was horrific had rice and veg everyday for lunch and dinner ๐Ÿ™„. Shared a large room with LJ looking over the West Lake. Red team supporting us this week we're fantastic!
Arrived 19th August 2017 after 22 hours travelling. Stopped in Abu Dhabi which was short and sweet back on the plane in no time. Then landed in Bangkok big and confusing airport way too early to even know which gate I would be departing for so I sat and got a tad emotional time soon passed after a few wanders. 4 hours 45 minutes later I was on the flight to Hanoi. Flying with Etihad was good however there wasn't a constant supply of water would I could have done with, window seat for all 3 flights which was nice.