On my last day in Fira, while taking a walk alone through its streets early in the morning, I decided to write down everything I was experiencing and what I was feeling right in the moment. Here is what came of it.
As soon as the big feast, ceremony and fireworks on Lunar New Year’s eve end, people usually go to bed so they may wake up early the next day for a few other Tết rituals.
I’ll be listing as many traditions and folk tales linked to Tết as I can remember so this is going to be a long blog post but I hope this can give you an idea of Vietnamese traditions and culture.
Although the Vietnamese community in Canada celebrates Tết, the atmosphere just isn’t the same as it is back home, so I thought I could share with you how I remember Tết as a kid.
Canada celebrates Thanksgiving a month before the States because being further up north, harvest season ends a bit earlier.
It’s always good to come back every now and then, see the things that have been there since you’re a kid still remain the same and see new things pop-up, especially street food restaurants.
The sidewalks here are used for everything but walking. Here are some obstacles you might encounter as a pedestrian:
Pho is simply a bowl of broth with rice noodles served with boiled beef, it can be any cut of beef, or chicken. However, depending on your geographical location, it can be served so differently!
Near Kruger, I knew I would be able to find a lot more game meat so I decided to be a full carnivore during my trip to the safari.
I decided to follow some of their advice while also choosing some activities of my own and share that research below for other fellow travelers looking to visit Kruger but don’t have a car.
Many Cape Malay dishes are thought to be Afrikaans such as bobotie or tomato bredie but the dishes are very much a marriage of East and West.
It took me a few months to realize Jozi had an urban culture sprouting in hidden places in the city: local food markets.