Diane Lee is a fifty-something Australian author who quit her secure government job in 2016 because she was dying of boredom and wanted an adventure. Taking a risk and a volunteering job, she escaped to Hanoi and hasn’t regretted it. At all. Diane now works part-time for a social enterprise, and as freelance writer and editor. One day she hopes to marry an Irish or Scottish man named Stan.
A restaurant with the MasterChef name attached to it sets up a series of expectations; décor, vibe and, of course, the food.
Being a big fan of cats in cafés, I was thrilled to see that Ban Café has its very own feline mascot. On a recent visit, Bong (Ban Café cat number three — his two predecessors are missing in action) was lounging comfortably on a large floor cushion by an open window, without a care in the world. And that probably sums up the Ban Café vibe; it’s a great place to chill.
After moving to Vietnam, Diane Lee returns to her native Australia for a month and finds that some things have changed while others are exactly the same.
Improved camera technology has made taking better photos easier, yet there’s still reward for anyone who wants to take things just a little bit further.