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Why Living in the Developing World Makes You More Mindful

Why Living in the Developing World Makes You More Mindful

Having been born and brought up in a rich, developed country full of opportunity and structure, I never would have been able to imagine a life any different. That was, of course, until I stepped outside my comfort zone and backpacked in India, Nepal, and SE Asia for 8 months, and then moved to Vietnam to work as a teacher. By that time, I’d traveled around developing countries extensively, and spent at least one month in each country to gain…

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Six Quirky Things You’ll Find in Vietnam

Six Quirky Things You’ll Find in Vietnam

Vietnam is a country of randomness. From the lady who lives outside the front door of your apartment chopping up snake penis on her make-do food stand at 5 in the morning waking you up every day, to the guy who bumps into you with a hundred chickens tied to his motorbike, to the lady squatting in front of the Bia Hoi scowling at you while simultaneously picking her nose, no matter what your experience coming here is, whether good…

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Seven Things I Like About Living in Vietnam

Seven Things I Like About Living in Vietnam

Living in Vietnam has changed my life forever, for better or for worse. It’s made me laugh, cry, and nearly pull my hair out all in the same day. But ultimately, it’s helped me appreciate a completely new and different culture on the totally opposite side of the world. Now that I’ve actually had the experience of teaching in Vietnam’s schools and have integrated more in the culture, I’ve realized all the little things I missed the last time I…

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Four Things I Dislike About Living in Vietnam

Four Things I Dislike About Living in Vietnam

Living in Vietnam has changed my entire perspective on life. It’s made me laugh, cry, and nearly pull my hair out at times. But ultimately, it’s helped me appreciate all the wonderful things I have, and what a privilege it was to be able to grow up and be educated in a developed, Western nation. Living somewhere versus visiting is ALWAYS different, no matter which place in the world you decide to go. Living here has made me see some…

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