Vietnam – Day 5 – Saigon – Family History

Today's goal was to dig deep to learn more of my family roots and seeing how they might have lived.  What amazed me when asking my parents how I should find their childhood homes, they both rattled addresses perfectly from memory.  In spite of the sweltering heat, we made our way outside of our hotel's neighborhood in search of the

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Vietnam – Day 2 – Saigon – Friends & Family

Upon our arrival to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)/Saigon, we found customs to be a breeze.  This was the case as we obtained Vietnam Visas in advance while in the U.S. from a travel agency.  If you're in the market for one and are located in Southern California, visit Cali Travel & Services. Personally, I find hot weather to be

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Vietnam – Day 1 – Two Days of Travel

After months of anticipation, the trip is finally upon us.  As excited as we are about being in Vietnam, I can't say I feel the same way about more than 23 hours of travel with layovers.  The good news is Cat has a Priority Pass that allows us access into the airport lounges, so we can get snacks and cocktails,

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Vietnam – Homecoming Introduction

My parents emigrated to the United States in the early 1980s after the fall of Saigon to the communist North.  Through treacherous circumstances as "boat people" refugees, they made their way to Southern California.  A Vietnamese community in a diaspora made this foreign land home, and it was even christened Little Saigon in honor of the former capital of South

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The Holidays in the Nevada Desert

Growing up in Nevada I can remember traveling through the state for all kinds of reasons.  From going to visit my grandma in Fallon, to playing in the All State band in Elko and Ely, I have been all over the state and seen all kinds of tiny towns that each has its own strange charm.  I've told Cat about

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Channel Islands

My favorite holiday has and will always be Thanksgiving.  It's not only the food but also the family that makes it so special.  This is the only time of year that my family from Washington and Colorado gets together in California for a full week of fun that ranges from theme parks, escape rooms, movies, and of course, the annual

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A Day of Sin

Oh how we love our day trips.  When we found an opportunity to go to Vegas, my hometown, we couldn't resist.  We brought along a new member of the team and an experienced Day Tripper.  As you can see, our flight out of Long Beach left before the sun came up.  We flew JetBlue roudtrip for $76.40 per person including

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