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A brief guide to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.
Where men count the money and women do the work.
At its most inviting just after dawn when the tombstones and their keepers come to life.
Remembering a visit with Agent Orange’s third generation.
The shining smile of a woman who just tried to sell me a girlfriend for a half hour.
This shot of a woman tending to part of her annual rice crop was taken in the village of Puco, a settlement of about 30 families near the border between Phu Tho and Yen Bai provinces in north-central Vietnam. Taken six years ago today, it remind me of many things: her modest home, her hospitality,… Continue reading Drying Rice, Northern Vietnam
I had risotto tonight. So I think the association here is obvious.
I forgot what I ate, but I know it was delicious.
An exceptional illusion of solitude.
Seeing an image today of Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain eating like –and with– locals in a small place in Hanoi reminded me of this one-man welcome committee at the Temple of Literature in the Vietnamese capital, a sprawling facility that hosts the Imperial Academy, the country’s first university. Built in 1070, it’s one of… Continue reading Young Monk, Hanoi’s Temple of Literature
Scene of my first street shave, too.
The coolest motorbike taxi driver in Hanoi.
A portrait of a woman who sold me a pair of pants I’ll never wear.
Has anyone worked or watched a rice harvest?
At a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s leaves the impression that it’s being loved to death.
Today’s Pic du Jour, the blog’s 659th straight, is a reminder of the day, five years ago today, that I wanted to visit Ho Chi Minh. But he wasn’t there. If you missed it, here’s a very short bit I posted from Hanoi on 24 October 2010 bemoaning my bad luck with visits to the… Continue reading The Day I Wanted to Visit Ho Chi Minh
From The Guardian, Finding Vietnam’s War Children, a fascinating story about US Army medic Bob Shirley who returned to the country nearly 50 years later to visit the children he photographed during the war to see how life has treated them. An excellent photo story.
Following up on my friend Lisa’s suggestion, I created a Best-of page for this site today. It’s been long overdue and has been on my mind since right about the time I snapped this photo of the mausoleum of Vietnamese revolutionary hero Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi back in October 2010.
Remembering one of the largest anti-war demonstrations in US history.