Roviano and me

by Neil We have been in Roviano for about a month now and it is proving to be quite the interesting experience. The most common reaction we get from Italians we meet who don't live here is "Roviano?" "Why Roviano?" Good question, difficult to answer. The decision to stay here was based on wifi availability, …

Hanoi revisited

by Neil I was going to call this post Hanoi hangover, but that might have given the wrong impression, although Hanoi has been hanging over me for the past couple of weeks or so. After leaving Vietnam, I having been feeling like I haven't done it justice in my posts, so it's time to do …

Ha Long Bay

by Rachel Visiting Ha Long Bay yesterday was our one foray out of Hanoi and what a great day it was! The 2.5-3 hour drive each way made for a long day, but the weather was perfect for a boat ride and the bay was beautiful. According to our guide, Vietnamese legend says that the …

Singapore Interlude

by Neil We arrived in Singapore on March 29th and entered a world I could never have imagined. Nothing anyone could have told me would have prepared me for this experience. Singapore is Wow, just Wow. It is hard to find an appropriate adjective, but take your pick; exotic, energetic, diverse, world class, world leader, …

Bia Hoi

by Neil So, Hanoi has this great¬† tradition, custom, ritual, whatever you wish to call it called Bia Hoi. This translates as "New Beer" and it's pretty straight forward. Beer is brewed at the brewery in Hanoi with no preservatives added, so the beer has a shelf life of less than 24 hours. Vendors collect …

Adelaide Murals

By Neil Like many major cities, Adelaide has its fair share of graffiti. Whatever your views on the artistic merits of this form of expression it's fair to say that not everyone appreciates it and it is not going anywhere soon.¬† The question is always one of how a city administration responds. In Adelaide, there …