Happy New Year!

How about a quick 2013 post with my standard promise to post more in the new year? 2013 was a busy year for me. I moved three times, started a new job, started learning a new language, and did a fair amount of studying. Moving to Vietnam was definitely the biggest event that happened, but…

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! Tết 2013

Vietnamese New Year, Tết, is  Vietnam’s biggest and most important holiday, and Hanoi is all decked out for the occasion.   The one on the left is the symbol of Hanoi.  The timing of the holiday is based off of the Lunar Calendar, and as you may know, each year has an animal representing it. This…

Happy New Year! Guten Rusch ins Neue Jahr! As it’s New Year’s Eve, I thought I’d share an Austria New Year’s (or, Silvester) custom. I was introduced to this tradition last year by one of my English classes (thanks guys!).  Step by step guide to Bleigießen (lead melting) Step 1: Gather your ingredients. You’ll need: …