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Hoi An. A Love Letter in Pictures.

Hoi An. You make my heart beat faster. I’m in love with you. Ever since I first wandered through your old city, I knew, every other town I will visit in future will have a hard time competing with you. It was love at first sight. I never wanted to leave you. But I had to. My travels were calling me. But, I promise you this: I will come back. One day, I will be back for longer. If that is ok with you?
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Serendipity Tess in Vietnam

Vietnam was one of the most memorable countries I have ever visited. Hoi An, in particular, was a photographer's Paradise. Everywhere you look, there was yet another scene that caught my attention. From the friendly lady selling her fruit, to the boys on the street carefully laying out their lanterns ready to welcome their customers for the day, to the exquisite vietnamese dishes that are photogenic at its best. From the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City to the tranquility in Hoi An, with Hanoi, a grungy artistic city, in the North - Vietnam, you amazed me!
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A Life Full of Serendipity – Lifestyle & Travel Blog

Vietnam was one of the most memorable countries I have ever visited. Hoi An, in particular, was a photographer's Paradise. Everywhere you look, there was yet another scene that caught my attention. From the friendly lady selling her fruit, to the boys on the street carefully laying out their lanterns ready to welcome their customers for the day, to the exquisite vietnamese dishes that are photogenic at its best. From the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City to the tranquility in Hoi An, with Hanoi, a grungy artistic city, in the North - Vietnam, you amazed me!
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Serendipity Tess’ Bliss Report – Month 4

Month 4 was a very different Month to all the previous ones. I crammed two new countries in a month, Vietnam and Laos, and experienced two different travel styles: solo and buddy travel. After an initial bumpy start to my solo travels in Vietnam, I started loving it so much that I was actually a little bit sad that it came to an end. I was looking forward to meeting my friend in Laos – but at the same time, I kind of wished my solo time had continued a little bit longer. After Laos I was going to be in Chiang Mai for two weeks to catch up on work and only explore a little bit before meeting Ben at the end of March – more solo travel will have to wait for a while.
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Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City? Hanoi!

Hanoi – a Beautiful Mess

My photography is heavily focused on capturing a ‘beautiful mess’. Give me a broken wall, add some colours to it, dot some leaves around and I’m in my element! For whatever reason, my eye is always immediately focused on imperfections. They fascinate me. In my photography, but also in life, in general. I love stories about the black sheep, the outcasts, the rebels and those that have done things differently. I love reading about those that were dubbed ‘nonconformists’. Hanoi, for me, is a city full of alternative non-conformity. It has character. The same way, that I find Melbourne to have character – whereas Sydney…meh. I find myself drawn to ‘artsy’ places, without a doubt.
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How to Overcome Fear of Flying

Traveling for the Fearful

After a visit to the emergency room during one of these episodes I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I was told by the doctor who diagnosed me and also was told by my family physician that there is no cure and I would have to take pills for the rest of my life!
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