Nov
22

Keep calm & cross the road

posted on November 22nd 2014 in Travel with 0 Comments

My last day in Vietnam. Today I have visited by foot the main highlights of Ho Chi Minh City, and have learned the mantra to be able to cross any road here: keep calm.

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Nov
20

Horrible war story

posted on November 20th 2014 in Travel with 0 Comments

This morning I took a domestic flight from Da Nang, in Central Vietnam, to Ho Chi Minh City, or how they like to call it here in the South, Saigon. I went to visit the War Remnants Museum. And I saw the horror.

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Nov
19

Bike trip: small villages, great people

posted on November 19th 2014 in Travel with 0 Comments

With a bike ($1 to rent it!) I have gone on an adventure in the surroundings and not turistic areas of Hoi An. The people living in these areas is very poor, mostly farmers, and they are very happy to share some time with the few Westeners that appear on their door.

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Nov
18

The monsoon is here

posted on November 18th 2014 in Travel with 0 Comments

Today I headed South. Travelling through coastal rice paddles, traversing the spectacularly mountainous Hai Van Pass and visiting China Beach, I got to Hoi An. And so the monsoon did.

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Nov
16

15% of the Imperial Citadel in Hue

posted on November 16th 2014 in Travel with 0 Comments

Only 15% of the Imperial Citadel in Hue, former imperial capital of Vietnam, was not destroyed during the Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive, but the foliage-coverage ruins are still atmospheric and the holes left by bombs give an idea of the destruction this country suffered during the war.

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Nov
15

Street life in Hanoi

posted on November 15th 2014 in Travel with 0 Comments

Controled chaos. That would be my summary in two words of Hanoi. Now I can understand why the government has instaured the 2 children per family… It is crazily crowded! Motorbikes everywhere, street vendors selling from cat meat to boiled bamboo, and noise. Lots of it. They seem to have a particular mechanism to note they are going to change direction, pass you or tell you to cross. And it is always using the claxon.

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