Halong Bay Quickie

I’m busy and swamped but haven’t posted since Friday and am beginning to shake.  Enter Jake’s post announcing water as his weekly Sunday Post theme, so there, potential time management problem averted. Thank you, Jake. This is Halong Bay, one of Vietnam’s most visited areas, which isn’t managing its potential …

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Agent Orange’s Golden Anniversary

These are a few shots I took exactly one year ago today at the Thanhxuan Peace Village, or Lang Hoa Binh Than Xuan, an orphanage, school and clinic in Hanoi set up specifically for victims of Agent Orange. It was also the last time I sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star …

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Scooters of Hanoi

More photo organizing from last October’s Vietnam trip. There are just over 6 million people in Hanoi and about 4.5 million motorbikes. I didn’t count, but there are probably several 100 of each in the short slide show below. And there’s even a really groovy soundtrack. The Song: Test Drive …

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Sleeping on the job

Who hasn’t? Or at least wanted to. Actually, this woman was simply resting. This was taken at the main market in Sapa, Vietnam in October, another Photo of the Day for the travel site Gadling.

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Primary school English class, Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam

  This is a primary school teacher near the village of Mu Cang Chai, posing with her English class, a pic selected today by the travel site Gadling as it Photo of the Day. I enjoy visiting schools whenever the opportunity arises. She asked me to stay awhile, and I …

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Agent Orange, 35 years later

The shot above was taken in October at the Thanhxuan Peace Village, a clinic, school and orphanage in Hanoi for victims of Agent Orange. Over the course of nine years, US forces dumped 20 million gallons, or nearly 80 million liters, of Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant containing an especially …

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Piran Café in 2010

That’s a boiled dog prepped and ready for sale in a small market in Nanning, China. Apparently, it offended western sensibilities enough to make a related post the most visited on this blog in 2010. Team WordPress sent out a Your 2010 year in blogging report on New Year’s Day, …

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Vietnam People’s Air Force Museum – notebook

Still quite a bit of catching up to do from my trip to Vietnam in October. Here are a handful of shots taken at the Vietnam People’s Air Force Museum, which sits on the eastern edges of Hanoi. A google translation: All for the protection of the skies of our …

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17 Hours in Nghia Lo

  Here are a few shots taken during a relatively brief stop in Nghia Lo (Nghĩa Lộ) in Vietnam’s Yen Bai Province. I got my first street shave here, too. Nghia Lo is just over 200 kilometers from Hanoi, a leisurely seven-hour trip on a two-lane highway, including plenty of …

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The Priciest Booze I’ll Never Drink (or, a note to travelers even more stupid than me)

photo by Ola Hodne Titlestad. Despite appearances, this slimy reptile is quite likely not a cobra but Xenochrophis piscator, more commonly known as the Chequered Keelback or Asiatic Water Snake, a common non-venomous species found widely throughout Asia. It’s also harvested by merchants who then stuff it into a bottle of …

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