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Hanoi and Halong Bay

We ended our month in Vietnam with a couple days in Hanoi, and a couple days in the famed Halong Bay. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the country’s second largest city by population. From 1010 until 1802, it was the most important political center of Vietnam, and it served as the capital of French Indochina from 1902 to 1954. From 1954 to 1976, it was the capital of North Vietnam, and it became the capital of a reunified Vietnam in 1976, after the North’s victory in the Vietnam War. We found it to be less frantic and more orderly […]

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Dark History, Hopeful Future in Cambodia

It’s our first visit to Cambodia, and at first glance, the scars of the infamous (and not so long ago) Khmer Rouge genocide are far from visible. Phnom Penh, the capital and most populous city at 2 million (give or take 500k… just like actuarial estimations – ha!) is actually much more modern (video) than we anticipated. It’s busy, it’s vibrant, and there’s a huge construction boom – especially of skyscraper office, condo and hotel buildings. But just a few decades ago it was a ghost town. Those living in urban areas were forced to work in rice fields and […]

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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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