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  • June 22, 2014 • Uncategorized • Views: 1111


    By Anna Russo There were no more than twenty seats filled as the lumbering Boeing 777 left the tarmac at Ho Chi Minh City airport. The flight attendants had conveniently sat everyone in the center of the plane, leaving both the front and...

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  • June 14, 2014 • Vietnam 2014 • Views: 1449

    Travels with Thomas

      By Yuval Ben-David Funny thing— I park myself in my seat on a flight from Istanbul to Tel Aviv, and the guy next to me is also wearing a tacky Thailand t-shirt, except his has a temple on it and mine just says “Tiger Beer.”...

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  • May 19, 2014 • Blogs, Online Content, Reporting Trips, Vietnam 2014 • Views: 1662

    A Tale of Two Dragons

    By Rachel Brown As members of the trip discussed our experiences in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, I often found myself trying to look at Vietnam through the lens of China. It wasn’t just the traditional Chinese characters engraved on...

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  • May 19, 2014 • Vietnam 2014 • Views: 1424

    What Remains

    By Yuval Ben-David I’m reading a sleek, cool book right now called The Flamethrowers, by a NYC art critic-turned-LA novelist named Rachel Kushner. The NYTimes did a puff-piece on her a few months ago, about how she rides motorcycles and...

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  • May 18, 2014 • Vietnam 2014 • Views: 1483

    Bia Hoi – Now and Then

    By Ashley Wu For a traveler with little self control when it comes to culinary indulgences, Hanoi is full of dangerous temptations. In a culture where the locals start their day at 6 am with a bowl of pho and end their days at 11 pm with...

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  • May 17, 2014 • Vietnam 2014 • Views: 1449

    Rush Hour Hanoi

    By Josh Feng It felt like I was back on the trails. Adrenaline was pumping through my veins, and those handy running-induced endorphins were giving me a “runners’ high.” I was on top of the world. Except this time, I wasn’t in the...

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  • May 17, 2014 • Online Content, Reporting Trips, Vietnam 2014 • Views: 1374

    Da Nang Divided

    By Jade Harvey On the left side of the road, there are five-star resorts. On the right, there are tin shacks. The drive down Vo Nguyen Giap Drive en route to our hotel feels a lot like moving along the border between two disparate nations:...

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  • May 17, 2014 • Online Content, Reporting Trips, Vietnam 2014 • Views: 1227

    Forever Changed, but Not Defined

    Seeing Past the War in Vietnam...

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  • May 17, 2014 • Uncategorized • Views: 865

    Bun cha for a busy city

    By Isabelle Taft More than anywhere I’ve been in the United States, the streets of Hanoi play host to daily life: children play, adults chat over coffee, vendors clamor to show tourists souvenirs and, on every block, people cook and...

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  • May 17, 2014 • Vietnam 2014 • Views: 1665

    East and West in a teacup

    As I look at the colorful, traditional herbs and flower buds floating in our tea and attempted the customary method of straining while sipping, I note the uniquely sweet and earthy flavor, truly unlike any tea I’d sampled before. Lining...

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