Fambly Visit

Who is so lucky that her family comes to visit her not once, not twice, but on three separate occasions within a year? THIS girl.

Mom, Dad, Aunt Pam, and Cousin Katie take Vietnam! Maybe not as exciting as the Kardashians taking Miami but with this family we get way more accomplished on a much smaller budget!

Day 1 in Saigon: The family timed the visit during the Tet Holiday, so we ran into a few street parties, flower festivals, and slightly less traffic than usual.

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Gotta love the electrical wiring here. I think dad noted at least 1,000 code violations on this trip :).

Street Party!

 

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Flower Festival

Flower Festival

Pho on the streets of Saigon. Photo courtesy of Katie Ryan.

 

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KT at the Perfume Pagoda

Cale, Katie and I went on a ‘Back of the Bikes Food Tour’ in Saigon where we got picked up and paired with a tour guide, hopped on the back of their motorbikes, and scooted around the city, stopping at various food stalls. It was delicious and terrifying, all at the same time.

One of the most delicious dishes. Beware: when something sounds good, don’t say ‘yum,’ say ‘yummy.’ Yum supposedly means something so profane that they wouldn’t tell us what. Katie learned the hard way by seeing this dish and saying “OOH! Yum yum yum yum yum.”

With the group at our last stop, eating dessert.

With the group at our last stop, eating dessert.

The “kids” took a 17 hour train ride from Saigon to Hoi An to meet back up with the parents.  Our entourage filled our days in Hoi An with walks around town, food poisoning, swimming at the beach, and a cooking class, in no particular order.

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Pam and Katie at one of the historical homes in Hoi An.

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Wandering the veggie garden outside our cooking class.

 

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A mostly-manual watering system

 

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Chefs hard at work.

 

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Beef wrapped in betel leaves

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Mackerel grilled in a banana leaf

Next stop: Halong Bay.  We didn’t have the greatest weather but it was still an amazing sight.

A foggy Halong Bay

A foggy Halong Bay

Chillin'

Chillin’

Boat cabins

Boat cabins

A grocery store on a boat!

A grocery store on a boat!

Kayak Trip

Kayak Trip

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Cale’s just bein’ Miley.

 

Werk. Katie knows her lines. I could use a few tips from Tyra. Plus I'm pretty sure that's a Spice Girls pose from 1995.

Werk. Katie knows her lines. I could use a few tips from Tyra. Plus I’m pretty sure that’s a Spice Girls pose from 1995.

One last family selfie. What a view!

One last family selfie. What a view!

And back to Hanoi where we had an extra day with KT and Pam.

Cale snuck into my shot and I didn't realize it until he looked at the photo and jumped for joy.

Cale snuck into my shot and I didn’t realize it until he looked at the photo and jumped for joy.

 

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Bia Hoi outside in Hanoi

Thanks, fam, for traveling so far! It was wonderful to explore Vietnam with you.

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