Travel, Vietnam, Writing

Coffee in Hanoi

I'm returning to Vietnam on vacation next month, and that got me thinking about the many hours I've spent in coffee shops in Hanoi, especially one on Ngu Xa in Truc Bach... By Alison Bate ┬áThe cafe owner smiles the smile of many mornings as she brings over my iced coffee and green tea chaser.… Continue reading Coffee in Hanoi

Sudan, Travel

Coffee and lamb fright in Kassala

By Alison Bate I went to look at the striking Taka Mountains yesterday, but as is the way in Sudan, never quite made it, sidetracked by friendly people at the street cafes. I'm in a cute little town called Kassala, a long, eight-hour bus ride east of Khartoum. The bare mountains rise up suddenly out… Continue reading Coffee and lamb fright in Kassala