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Where is home for you?

“Where is home for you?” How many times I’ve been asked this question? And how many times, I didn’t know what to answer.

Feeling like a foreigner in Germany because you don’t look like a German and feeling  like a foreigner in Vietnam because you don’t behave like a typical Vietnamese.

I was born and brought up in Germany. My parent are Vietnamese. My whole life, my parents tried to convey to me and my brothers the Vietnamese culture and language to keep our roots alive. I’ve been educated bilingual. With my family, I speak Vietnamese and outside of home, German. I do believe, I am not the only one who’s struggling with such identity issues while having a migration background.

Some years ago, I spend six weeks on holiday in Vietnam with my father. He took me to the most amazing places such as the Halong Bay and Sapa. Home, is for many people the place where they were born and grew up. After this journey however, I recognised that it isn’t important where you were born and live but important is the feeling of attachment you have when you think of a place.

Over the years, I figured out for myself that it’s okay to have two places that I call “home”. Yes, I am German AND Vietnamese and I am proud of it!

Any questions or comments? I’d be happy to hear from you. Please feel free to share similar experiences with me when you have some!

My top 3 Vietnamese street food meals in Hanoi

In Vietnam, there’s nothing better than enjoying Vietnamese street food which is an integral part of the eating culture.

Especially the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter that offer you plenty of tasty eating stalls. The food is cheap, authentic and fresh!

Phở dish
Street food vendor
Street food stall

Here’s an overview of my top 3 favourite street food meals that can be found there.

1. Bún chả

My number one dish is particularly widespread in Northern Vietnam. Traditionally, it’s served with rice noodles, grilled pork meat, plenty of herbs and a spicy dipping sauce as a side dish. The meat pieces are seasoned, grilled and served with a skewer or as meat balls.

It’s delicious. Try it, Obama did!

2. Bánh cuốn

Bánh cuốn is traditionally eaten in the morning as a breakfast meal but also as a light snack throughout the day. It’s made of very thin rice batter, filled with wood ear mushrooms and seasoned minced pork meat. Typical side dishes are the Vietnamese sausage “chả” and a dipping sauce, served with different kind of herbs and bean sprouts.

3. Chè

Especially in summer, there’s nothing more enjoyable than chè. Combined with fruits, beans and seeds, it can be served in many different ways.

My absolutely favorite one is the Three Colour Dessert, called “chè ba màu” (see recipe here) which consists of sweetened coconut milk, kidney beans, green jelly – and of course a lot of crushed ice!

Choose Vietnam for your next holiday destination & happy eating!

Frankfurt am Main – Not just a typical banking city

As the most international metropolis in Germany, Frankfurt meets the needs of everybody due to its unique combination of tradition and modernity. This city has so much more to offer than just skyscrapers and bankers!

It’s a place that loves to party. So let’s start the journey and discover my most favourite festivals amongst skyscrapers and the Old Town, throughout the year!

Main Embankment Festival
An attraction for the young and the old, where numerous international food stalls are situated on both sides of the Main riverbank. Multiple entertaining stage programmes ensure a great atmosphere! An important advice: Don’t miss the big fireworks on the last day of this festival which is truly impressive!

Main Embankment Festival
Final fireworks

Apple Wine Festival
Try out Frankfurt’s most traditional beverage, the Apple Wine or how Hessian’s call it “Äppelwoi”, made of different apple varieties. Apart from entertainment stage music, visitors can also find a selection of apple wine on sale as a perfect souvenir.

Typical apple wine stall
Freshly tapped Hessian apple wine

Frankfurt Christmas Market
Here, located in Frankfurt’s Old Town “Römer“, you can expect a wide range of food stalls with typical German drinks and dishes. The stalls are elaborately decorated. Various arts and crafts stalls as well as multiple carousels for kids create a place of pleasure and arouse  the pre-christmas mood!

Frankfurt Christmas Market & skyline
Frankfurt Christmas Market, Old Town “Römer”
German sausage and mulled wine

You want to learn more? Visit this website for more information: https://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en/Discover-Experience/Events/Festivals-in-Frankfurt