Category: Vietnam Book

Saying “I Do” in Vietnamese

Last weekend, I went to a Vietnamese wedding.  It was held at a house in Qui Nhon, a four and a half hour bus journey from Kon Tum on the coast.  Travelling by bus in Vietnam is interesting: a little crowded and hot, but a good way to see the country.  At one point on Read More …

An Elephant Amongst Mice

This weekend, I went to a Vietnamese wedding.  I brought no suitable clothes with me, so I needed to go shopping.  Armed with a lovely Vietnamese girl, and a male friend as interpreter, we headed to the shops.  And three shops down, we still hadn’t found anything that fit me.  I had gone from my Read More …

Imagining My Village

I have started to think about the village which will be the setting for my new novel.  The war photographer will not physically spend much time there, but it will be a place that he will remember often in the future.  Once he has visited it, his life will never be the same, and he Read More …

What You Put In Your Mouth

Eating in Vietnam is a pleasure.  Whether you eat at someone’s home or in a restaurant, the food is fresh, healthy and delicious.  The woman of the house goes to the market daily, and the fresh fruit and veg is eaten that same day.  Many things are eaten raw, while some are fried, and there Read More …

“I want an Australian boyfriend…”

Today, my Vietnamese friend asked me for some advice.  While we were riding on the back of her motorcycle she shouted that she had argued with her boyfriend because she wanted to go and study English in Ho Chi Minh City.  He was angry, telling her that if she went away, he would break up Read More …

Fear and Openness

Since arriving in Vietnam, I have felt happy and welcomed, mainly due to the kindness of the people I have met here.  But underneath that happiness, there is a sense of unease I haven’t quite been able to put into words. It might be that the way we are being treated, as deserving of such Read More …

Eating Chicken Heads

Yesterday I ate: One chicken head One parrot head Pig skin Pig ear Jellyfish Our friends were happily preparing lettuce wrapped pig’s ear and skin and shovelling it into our mouths.  It was actually surprisingly delicious, except for the bird brains which were disgusting.  They tasted a bit like liver.  Apparently, they will make me Read More …

“Free Time”

One of the most common questions we have been asked since coming here has been: “Do you have freeeeeee tiiiiiime?” Sophie and I have started to repeat it even in our sleep, we are asked it so often.  There is no time, day or night, which seems to be off limits for meeting students out Read More …

A New Adventure – Vietnam

My new book is about a war photographer in the Vietnam War.  So I have come to Vietnam to live for two months to research the novel and teach English.  I am staying in Kon Tum in the Central Highlands, a town definitely off the tourist trail where Western people are still a novelty.  Walking Read More …

And Onto The Next

So, since I last wrote, I have been deciding what book two will be about.  After putting ‘How To Be A Good Wife’ to one side, I wondered whether I would find something new to write about.  But it really wasn’t difficult.  I knew I wanted to write about war photography, so I did a Read More …