Whelp. How about that.

Currently sitting in LAX. It is 6:09am, Tanna is asleep on the floor, and a lady already told me that I don’t know how to read since being in the US.

Nice to see you too!

Anyways, last post was written on Jan 25th, two months ago. So, a lot to cover.

First things first — Tanna turned her hair gray. Bold move, yes, I know, but she’s pulling it off, per the usual.

Her response to me asking “what you doing today?” Looking a little dark….

The first time I remember hearing about the Corona Virus was in early January in Ha Giang, Vietnam. We were working at the bike rental/hostel and had a whole chapter left of our journey.

I kind of think of this trip as a three part series:

Chapter 1: What the hell is going on? A trip with no direction.
Chapter 2: Family visits. Look parents! This is what our lives are like!
Chapter 3: Experiencing not 3rd world Asia. A gift called “toilet paper”

So, when I heard of the virus we weren’t even done with chapter 2 yet as…

Hello dearest friends and family! Sorry for the prolonged blog post. I try to keep up with these but sometimes I fall short…

Last time you heard from me I was one sad lady because my dad had just left — but I’m happy to inform you that I am back to my spunky self and I believe a lot of that had to do with our month in Ha Giang (and Mark and Lisa visiting, of course!)

We knew we had a month in between Mark & Lisa coming and my Mom and Phil coming so we tried to…

I’ve got to be honest here, I’m not much of a history buff. When my Dad said he wanted to see Angkor Wat I really had no idea what he was talking about. It’s embarrassing to admit (especially being an educator) but that’s what experiential learning is all about! (Right my Paladin homies!?)

Anyway- I had booked us all a 6 hour bus ticket to head up to a town called Siem Reap from Phnom Penh. It is in northern Cambodia and VERY different from PP. …

I ate 10 chicken feet yesterday.

They are delicious. Can’t wait to stop by Von Hanson’s when we’re back.


Anyways, last post was on Christmas, and we have just passed the Lunar new year (big thing here in Asia), so time for more updates.

Here was our Christmas Day

This is Bae (pronounced “bey” a la Beyonce)

Well, I’m sitting here back in Vietnam, and thinking back on our 10 days in Cambodia and it seems like a very bizarre dream. I’m struggling on where to start, so, what I tell my students when they are stuck on a paper is to just word vomit on the page.

So here I go.

Dirt. That’s what comes to mind when I think of Cambodia. We have met plenty of people along our trip that when asked if they liked Cambodia they gave a reluctant shrug and usually said something along the lines of “mmmm, it’s okay I guess”…

Merry Christmas y’all.

Writing this while Tan saws some logs. Her proclivity for sleeping is still unrivaled.

My last post was in early November. Today is Christmas. Time flies by here in Asia. Everywhere we go things are non-stop.

We will be returning to ‘Merica on May 6th, 2019. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Our current 2020 plan is: Vietnam (Christmas through February 28th), Philippines (March), South Korea (April 1–17), Japan (April 18 — May 5), USA (May 6 — the future.) If anyone wants to meet up on that path, let us know.

Tan has covered many of our…

I truly think if I were a city, I would be Canggu, Bali. If you like spending time with me, and this city is not already on your list of places to visit before you die, then put it on there. It’s beautiful, laid back, great food, and has lots and lots of parties.

So, it’s about 1:30 am and Ben and I were walking back from a hip hop party that we had seen flyers for everywhere all month. There was no way I wasn’t going to the party, so the boys agreed.

I danced so hard and for…

We decided to spice up our trip a bit (hahaha) and take a weekend trip to a nearby island we have been hearing great things about.

Ben’s buddy from the Bangkok conference had just arrived in Bali and wanted to go as well so we were a party of three for the adventure.

We had met a guy at a local bar the previous night named Rootie and he offered to set up our boat tickets to the island and to take us to the dock, as it was about an hour drive. I have realized that some Balinese people…

Hello there friends! A very happy and fulfilled Tanna here writing excitingly to you all back home.

We heard Minnesota skipped fall and jumped straight into winter. I’m terribly sorry to hear that…

On the other hand, we also hear our Gophs are doing quite well, so keep your spirits up!

A bit about what we’ve been up to the past few weeks:

We have been in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia for about two weeks and I think this may just be my favorite place in the entire world. …

Tanna Gavin

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