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coffee & dragons: five days to fall in love with hanoi

The evening we finally got round to booking our hotels, K was intently searching for the best accommodation we could get for our budget when I randomly chirped aloud: “I believe I will join you on your coffee adventure in Vietnam.” His response was one of brief surprise, followed by an approving: “You should. Coffee is good. And… it’s Vietnam.” K couldn’t be more right.  It was black, it was bold and it was beautiful. It was coffee and at first sip, I fell in love. It surprised me; I surprised me. The aroma of Vietnamese coffee is intoxicatingly strong with notes of a strangely pleasant pungency. You could have...

five days to fall in love with hanoi (part 1) 

Hanoi, Vietnam – the thought of visiting this city had me in bouts of nervousness and excitement. For one, I don’t travel as much and as often as my peers do. Secondly, this was going to be my first overseas trip with my boyfriend, K and the first time we were going to spend five days straight up with each other. Then of course, there’s the fact that, I’m a big worry wort. Will it be safe? Will we be okay? What if we lose our way? What if we argue? What will the Vietnamese be like? Will we become bored of each other’s company? Will he enjoy Hanoi? Will I enjoy Hanoi? Yes,...