A little over a month ago, I took off on a 10-day adventure to Almaty, Kazakhstan. Lucky for me, I had a 15-hour layover in Istanbul. I am finally finding the time to sort through my images. I couldn’t wait to post these two–definitely two of my favorites. Keep an eye out for the rest of the photos, as well as a ’12 Hours in Istanbul’ itinerary.
After contemplating again and again if we should even go to Vietnam in the first place, we finally decided, “yes, why wouldn’t we go?” We’re in SouthEast Asia, might as well go everywhere. When we were in Beijing we applied for our visas, paid the $60 for 30 days, and the night before we left Macau—as always, we waited until the last minute—we booked our flight to Hanoi on Vietnam Airlines (my favorite airline I’ve flown on, by the way. They give you really nice fluffy/fleece blankets and even fed us the best airplane meal I’ve ever had…it was only a 1.5 hour flight). I had heard so much about the taxi scams in Vietnam—which we awesomely avoided until the end of our trip in Ho Chi Minh City (fake taxi locked us in and charged us a lot more, we learned our lesson)—so we hopped on a minibus to the Old Town of Hanoi. The hustle and bustle of the city is unlike any place I’ve ever been before. Scooters (mopeds) are literally EVERYWHERE. We wheeled our backpacks (thank goodness we got the ones with wheels, seriously) through the city, as we passed women with the traditional Vietnamese hats lugging fruit and vegetables, backpackers sitting on tiny plastic stools drinking $.25 bia hoi (Vietnamese for draught beer), and lots of street food that we were dying to devour. We also noticed how jumbled and unsafe the electric wires looked throughout the city. They actually look pretty cool, and don’t seem to be too dangerous. US citizens would have a heart attack if their cities looked like this. My favorite thing about Vietnam was just walking through the streets and seeing what there was to discover; women working hard selling everything from socks to pig’s heads, barbers trimming their clients […]
London was a blast! Our Swedish babes, Annika and Camilla, came to London as well, so we were a “full house” at Joe’s, where we stayed in Dulwich. A Top 10 of London can be found on theQuest blog, but here are my favorite highlights: South West Four! A crazy, muddy, insanely fun electronic music festival. Notting Hill Carnival: one of Europe’s biggest street festivals jam-packed with tons of people, DJ’s, lots of dancing, etc. Seeing Bruce as a very ecstatic guest on a British Sweet 16 episode. Mollie’s 22nd Birthday Dinner at Big Easy in Chelsea It’s always a blast to see friends in the countries that we go to. Our time in London definitely wouldn’t have been the same if it weren’t for them! We loved London, and hope to visit again very soon!