Vietnamese Motorbike Magic: How Do They Do It?

The motorbikes of Vietnam deserve its own post, because the culture is just mind-blowing. First of all, the sheer number of bikes on the road are impressive enough. There are around 39 million motorbikes and only 2 million cars. On our first trip to Vietnam I wrote about learning how to cross the road in a place where pedestrians don’t really have the right away and there are no crosswalks.

Here’s a basic summary:  You just GO (and pray really hard).

Yeah, those people aren't going to stop for you.
Yeah, those people aren’t going to stop for you.

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Vietnam: Wrap Up

We spent a total of 18 days in Vietnam. We were seriously looking forward to this leg of the trip, as it was previously one of our favorite countries in the world. We’ve changed our minds.

Okay, that is a little dramatic. We really did enjoy most of our time here. It completely paled in comparison to our 12-day trip that we took last year though. This is because last year we were vacationing, and money wasn’t a really problem. Last year we took one of the most expensive cruises through Bai Tu Long Bay (still cheap by American standards though). We signed up for street food tours that were $30. Each. It wasn’t a big deal then because we were on vacation.

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Foggy Cat Ba Island. Last year the weather was amazing and so our expectations for Vietnam were set high.

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Soul Searchin’ in the Land of the Long White Cloud

New Zealand packs a lot into a tiny corner of our universe. Because it is so geographically remote it offers such an array of wonderful diversity.  It’s a rather new country, comparatively speaking. America was fighting the Revolutionary War around the same time that Europeans were discovering New Zealand. The late discovery combined with the geographical remoteness means that nature has taken the front seat. There are less people living in the entire country of New Zealand than there are in the state of Florida alone.

Glenorchy, South Island
Glenorchy, South Island

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Our Top 5 Day Hikes in New Zealand

You might have picked up on the fact that we’re nearly obsessed with New Zealand. This is because it is basically God’s gift to nature lovers. The Department of Conservation (DOC) manages about 30% of the land in NZ (don’t quote me on that, I stole that tidbit from wikipedia). That’s a lot of land! They have done an excellent job of preserving and protecting the natural habitat yet still making it accessible to hikers.

Kaikoura Coastal Walk
Kaikoura Coastal Walk

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The North Island, NZ: Part 2

We spent a total of 4 weeks in the North Island of New Zealand. After touching down in Auckland and getting our bearings we hit the ground running driving through the island and seeing as much as we could squeeze in during our four weeks. We didn’t see it all; we had to cut out both the west and east coast of the central section due to a cyclone that hit New Zealand while we were there. While this put a damper on things (no pun intended) it didn’t hold us back too much.

Here is Part 2 of our time spent in the North Island. Click here to read about the first half of our North Island adventures.

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North Island, NZ: Part 1

We spent a total of 4 weeks in the North Island of New Zealand. After touching down in Auckland and getting our bearings we hit the ground running driving through the island and seeing as much as we could squeeze in during our four weeks. We didn’t see it all; we had to cut out both the west and east coast of the central section due to a cyclone that hit New Zealand while we were there. While this put a damper on things (no pun intended) it didn’t hold us back too much.

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