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Cambodia: Angkor Wat

Under a star-filled, pre-dawn sky, we sat with hundreds of other sleepy tourists waiting for the sun to rise behind the temple known as Angkor Wat. As the sun broke over the eastern horizon the ancient, five-spired temple was slowly revealed. First in shadowy silouette against the brightening sky and …

Com Tam (broken rice) Ca phe
Ho Chi Minh City Saigon Vietnam

Vietnam: Broken Rice?

There’s a popular Vietnamese dish that, at its base, is a food that was once considered “not good enough to sell.” It’s called Cơm Tấm, which translates as “broken rice”. Broken rice are fragments of rice grains that have broken off during handling. In earlier times, it was considered inferior …

Dinner Cruise Boat floating down Saigon River at night
Saigon Vietnam

Vietnam: Sweet Home Saigon

We’re three weeks into our Vietnam adventure, and we have (with the help of our fantastic real estate agent Leo) found a beautiful apartment and signed a one-year lease. With that, we begin our dream of living in Vietnam for at least 12 months.From the wall of windows of our …

Saigon Vietnam

Vietnam: Grab a Ride

When Mark and I arrived in Saigon we quickly embraced the transportation norm of riding on the back of a motorbike to get around town. Using Grab (Vietnam’s version of Uber), the app gives us the option of either a motorbike or car. There are 2 reasons that we almost always opt …

Saigon Bright Lights Nightime Skyline
Saigon Vietnam

Vietnam: Adventure Begins

My husband (Mark) and I love to travel and were excited to think about how we could do more once we retired. While on walk one evening, we started talking about not just traveling to, but actually living in a different country for about a year at a time for …


Atlanta: History and Art… at the Airport?

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport is huge and most people consider it just a hub to run through to get to their next destination. However, if you want to (or if you’re stranded and looking for something to do), you can actually walk the entire length of the concourse underground (where you …

New York, NY

NYC: A Walk in the Park

One of the things that I love most about New York City is the palpable energy of the “city that never sleeps”.  However, when I need a moment to catch my breath, Central Park provides a peaceful haven away from the frantic bustle. While the park is huge (840 acres), …

Amsterdam City of Secrets by Susan Brauer travel writer

Amsterdam: City of Secrets

Four hundred years before Ann Frank and her family hid in a friend’s home for two years during Amsterdam’s Nazi occupation, another group of people was forced to create secret hideaways of their own. In 1578, a Protestant faction took control of Amsterdam and prohibited Catholics from practicing their faith …

Sea Turtle swimming in the Caribbean
Caribbean Islands Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands: Saving The Turtles

The setting sun on the western horizon lit the sky in fiery pinks, oranges, and purples. My friends and I raised our rum punch-filled glasses to toast another spectacular sunset overlooking the Caribbean Sea from the deck of our condo. My husband and I had made our way to the …