Monthly Archives: April 2014

Funny thing happened today at the airport

We are off for a long weekend (Vietnamese Independence Day today), has actually been 3 months since me and J have seen the inside of a plane. Anyways, more about the trip as it will unfold, back to the airport:… … Continue reading

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German Bratwurst in Hanoi

This was a very interesting find: I had known for a while now that there is a German/Vietnamese company specializing in making German meat products in Vietnam, i.e. our breakfast bacon. And then I hear that close to use there … Continue reading

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Discovering the botanical garden of Hanoi

After nice lunch with mama we swung by the botanical garden to check it out. This used to be a zoo (just like our old playground in Turin) and they still have some peacocks and monkeys in cages there.

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Top Chef … again!

All the above is part of a 110Kvnd (about 5$) lunch set (included green tea not pictured). Salad comes with pieces of salmon, main is stir fry fish with bok choy and rice and for dessert a piece of tiramisu. … Continue reading

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Seriously?

Spotted today at the supermarket. Best brand name for TP ever: “Ooops” … and with flavor … mind boggling! A bit of research later, it appears that somehow this product found its way all the way from Hungary to Vietnam.

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Lunch with mama @ Quán Ăn Ngon

This week J’s school is closed (again, spring break) and we used this chance to cruise around on my scooter and meet Ritsu for lunch at a nice place specializing on bringing original Vietnamese food to foreigners with easy to … Continue reading

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Gelato Heaven!

I had noticed for a while now a big sign in our neighborhood advertising an Italian gelato place. After having been deprived off this during our stint in Africa, my spider senses were tingling and on an afternoon walk with … Continue reading

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Sunday Fun: Garage Sale

We already had parted with many things before we left Ethiopia but we found when our boxes arrived here that we still need to declutter. Gladly there are several garage sale opportunities from time to time and this Sunday Ritsu’s … Continue reading

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First pool party

Today we invited Jaqueline and Penny over for fun in the pool … and fun they had! The noise level is incredible when 3 kids play in the water!

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Blue Skies

Nearly 3 months in the country and today marks the first appearance of this strange phenomenon known as ‘Blue Skies’ I have been informed that this a precursor to temperatures moving towards 40˚C and I will hate it soon enough. … Continue reading

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Power Out

Yep, it happens here, too. But nothing compared to Addis! Much less frequent and if at all, then for good reasons. Last time it happened, our neighbors already knew what it was about and shared the info. This time I … Continue reading

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Tasty Italian @ Da Paolo

We were aware of this restaurant ever since we saw the name in the Fraser list of places we would get discount for staying at Fraser’s, but back then, with no transportation other than taxi, it seemed a bit far. … Continue reading

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And now for something completely different …

Over the years I have asked Julius repeatedly if he would like to learn a specific musical instrument, but he declined and only this school year he started at ICS Addis with a recorder … Imagine my surprise when he … Continue reading

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Market Day

The last few weeks Julius and the whole fourth grade worked on planning their market day (as outlined here) and today they got busy setting up their stalls, offering their services and products. It mainly came down to snack food … Continue reading

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Street Scene

A fairly random shot on our way to ‘our’ park. We pass a local public school and it is common that ladies living close by set up a simple shop and offer food and snack for the hungry school kids. … Continue reading

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