Who cooks and eats here: Allen Coin and me, Lisa Pepin!
Where: Hanoi, Vietnam
Rent or Own? Rent
I’ve done my share of apartment hunting in North Carolina. I know how to avoid the big complexes with the bad reviews and click-baiting ads, screen out the euphemisms that mean “old” or “surrounded by loud students,” and write an email to a Craigslist landlord that actually gets a response. I scribbled a rental application in my car and beat out 20 other people to rent my last apartment, which had a huge kitchen at a great price. I feel like my apartment-hunting game is pretty good.
All that is out the window in Hanoi, Vietnam. My boyfriend Allen and I made the move here in February. We love the city, but it’s definitely different from home. After staying in short-term homestays, finding a space of our own quickly became a priority.